Maine Top 10 Attractions

Maine is just a short drive away from Canada and has the farthest east and farthest north points of the United States. Most people know the Pine Tree State or Vacationland for its scenic natural beauty, with rocky coastlines, heavy forests, and rolling mountains. Visitors enjoy going out onto the water, hiking through mountains, or going skiing at a world class resort. You can also find all of the cultural activities you want with museums, symphonies, and theater. Visiting Maine gives you the chance to explore history, seeing the inspiration for Thoreau's journals "The Maine Woods" or make your own memories at the following top 10 attractions in Maine.

1: Marginal Way

Marginal Way
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Eric Moreno

For those who love the outdoors and enjoy taking in natural beauty, Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine is not to be missed. This stunning scenic trail runs along the shoreline and enables those who venture along it to take in incredible surroundings as well as the beauty of the spectacular coastline. Running for just over a mile, the pathway is very popular amongst tourists who want to take in the serene atmosphere as well as the natural beauty that they are surrounding by when they walk along Marginal Way.

Address: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME 03907

2: Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/William Brawley

Comprised of 49,000 acres of beautiful landscapes, this is park is a haven for all nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Here you will find granite cliffs that sit side by side with cobblestone beaches and gorgeous glacier-carved mountains. Hiking through the challenging trails of Acadia National Park will definitely be one of the highlights of your trip to Maine.

Address: Acadia National Park, Maine
Website: www.nps.gov

3: Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Peter Rintels

The largest island off the coast of Maine, Mount Desert Island is home to not only stunning natural beauty but also a range of attractions. Millions of visitors head to the island each year and even the rich and famous are known to head over here and reside during the summer months including the likes of Martha Stewart and Tim Robbins. You will find plenty to explore when you come to Mount Desert Island including the extremely popular Acadia National Park.

Address: Mt Desert Island, ME

4: Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Yzukerman

The town of Kennebunkport in Maine is situated by the Kennebunk River and was once known as a fishing village. Today it has become a popular place to visit by those who are heading to Maine and offers a range of attractions including its attractive seaside location for those who are heading over to relax and take in beautiful natural surroundings. This town is where you will find the summer home of former president George H W Bush and has been visited by world leaders from around the globe over the years. You will find a range of other attractions here including the art gallery and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge.

Address: Kennebunkport, ME

5: Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Jeffrey Stylos

Hike, camp and explore at Baxter State Park. The self-funded park is a large wilderness area featuring over 40 peaks and ridges, including Maine’s highest peak Katahdin. The park was named in honor of Percival P. Baxter after he dedicated millions to protect Maine’s precious terrain. In addition to picturesque views, Baxter State Park is home to a huge collection of hiking trails. There are over 200 miles of trails frequented by backpackers, campers, and mountain climbers. A trip to Baxter is sure to bring splendor no matter your mode of transportation.

Address: 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462

6: Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Alan Sandercock

A very popular destination amongst visitors looking for recreation, relaxation and adventure, Boothbay Harbor in Maine has plenty to offer. In addition to its attractive location this is a place that also boasts a rich history making it a fascinating place to explore. Many people head here to enjoy the scenery and recreational activities such as yachting or hiking. You can also enjoy soaking up the culture at one of the galleries or theatres in the area as well as exploring the past with a visit to one of the town’s museums. The Opera House, the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Maria Boord Gallery are just a few of the places you can enjoy visiting.

Address: Boothbay Harbor, Maine

7: Funtown Splashtown USA

Funtown Splashtown USA

Do you love going on breathtaking thrill rides and water parks? Make sure to drop by Funtown Splashtown where you are going to have the adventure of your lifetime. This is one of New England's largest attractions where you, your family and friends are guaranteed to enjoy thrill rides, kiddie rides, games and arcades, as well as a huge water park complete with slides and wave pools.

Address: 774 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072

8: Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

To satisfy the culture vulture in you, make sure to drop by the Portland Museum of Art. With more than 17,000 works of art from Europe and America's finest artists, you will surely be awed and amazed by so much beauty and wonder around you. Their current exhibitions include Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells as well as Ahmed Alsoudani's exhibit aptly called Redacted.

Address: 7 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

9: Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Eric Kilby

For those who are interested in exploring history in Maine, it is well worth adding Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth to your itinerary. Located by Portland Harbor, this is a historic lighthouse that dates back to the late 1700s and is now the oldest in the state. In addition to taking in the lighthouse itself, which was constructed under the direction of George Washington, you can also take in the historical exhibits and displays at the maritime museum that is now located in the former lighthouse keeper’s property.

Address: 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

10: Victoria Mansion

Victoria Mansion

Situated in downtown Portland, Maine, the Victoria Mansion is an architecturally unique and stunning building that has become a very popular tourist attraction. You can take in the intricate exterior design as well as the grand interior design when you visit this building. Now a National Historical Landmark, this provides a great insight into upmarket living in the area during the 19th century. Completion of the mansion dates back to the mid 1800s.

Address: 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101

Read More

Maine Travel Guide

Explore Guide