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Visitors come to Maine to find their own inspiration – whether it’s the joy of finding the best locally crafted beer or handmade gift, or the soul-restoring calm of watching the sun rise over the Atlantic. Come to Maine to be replenished.

The Culinary Scene

Mainers have been eating sea-to-table (and farm-to-table) for centuries; the award-winning chefs from across the state bring creativity and passion to their food. Sample culinary treats from food trucks and local diners to tapas-style bistros and fine dining establishments – savor the variety of Maine flavors and foods.

Maine was a pioneer of the craft brewing movement, and now that same spirit has extended into a thriving craft distillery scene that mixes local ingredients with Maine’s quintessential ingenuity and inspiration. From blueberry moonshine (yes, that’s a thing) to Maine potato vodka, even the most demanding palate will be delighted.

Outdoor Adventure

Bird watching in spring, discovering a new mountain path in the summer, delighting in the glorious colors of autumn and enjoying the deep snows of winter, it’s easy to see why Maine’s outdoor activities (and our Registered Maine Guides) never take a day, or a season, off. Maine is nearly as large as the other five New England states combined, offering more than 85,000 square kilometers of exploration and adventure awaiting. Real adventurers will find the north woods and waterways much the same as they were 150 years ago when Henry David Thoreau and guides from Maine’s Penobscot Tribe journeyed through northern Maine.

Shopping, Arts & Culture

Maine’s resourceful, dependable and inventive spirit is embodied by our long history of fine craftsmanship of everything from food to furniture, clothing to jewelry. Enjoy the many farmers’ markets, unique galleries and showrooms throughout the state, including Maine Center for Crafts. Maine Made means simply the best.

Much of Maine’s culture emanates from the sea, and the state’s maritime heritage is readily seen – lobstermen and their buoys dot the shore and windjammers cruise the coastline daily. Visitors experience both the past and present influence of the ocean on Maine’s people at Maine Maritime Museum or just by watching the many working harbors.

The sea and the surrounding dramatic landscape have also been inspiring artists like Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth for hundreds of years: museums, galleries, studios and performing arts venues continue to make the arts part of the fabric of everyday Maine life. You may find that Maine’s natural beauty inspires you as well, as your thoughts start to sound like the lines of a Thoreau poem. “Live the life you have imagined.”

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Fun Fact

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Maine is the top lobster-producing state in the USA with the largest annual harvest. The state also is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world.

Must see places

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

The 467-meter Cadillac Mountain, the highest point located directly USA’s eastern coast, is the centerpiece of the park on Mount Desert Island. Climb, hike, ski and see wildlife year-round.

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Mount Katahdin

Mount Katahdin

In Baxter State Park, hike the 1,605-meter Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. Follow the 24 kilometers that are the northernmost end of the 3,200-kilometer Appalachian Trail, which starts in Georgia.

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Maine Maritime Museum

Along the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, see a shipyard, historic buildings and boat shop. Take a lighthouse cruise or trolley tour. Children can explore a pirate ship.

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Portland Observatory

From the nation’s last maritime signal tower, established in 1807, get a bird’s-eye view of the Old Port neighborhood and waterfront. The octagon-shaped, 11-meter structure was saved, restored and reopened in 2000; it’s a National Historic Landmark.

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Fort Knox State Historic Site

Fort Knox State Historic Site

Learn about troops stationed in the mid-1800s at the granite fort on the western bank of the Penobscot River in Prospect. While there, visit the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory in the park.

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Portland Museum of Art

See American and European masterpieces by artists like Winslow Homer and Claude Monet, and buy items made by Maine artisans at the museum. Founded in 1882, it is the oldest public art institution in Maine.

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Maine State Museum

See about 500,000 artifacts in the nation’s oldest state-funded museum in Augusta, where the collections focus on history, prehistory and natural sciences. See items like silver spoons, a water-powered woodworking mill and fossils.

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Old Orchard Beach Pier

Step onto the historic pier, established in 1898, and stroll to a lively destination featuring restaurants, bars and nightlife, including comedy shows. Relax, eat fresh Maine seafood or dance to live music.

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

In this stunningly beautiful setting (no matter the season), stroll trails on 109 hectares, with about 1.6 kilometers of waterfront, in Boothbay. See stonework and sculptures, and spark imaginations in the Fairy House Village and the Children's Garden.

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Seashore Trolley Museum

In the seaside town of Kennebunkport, take a trolley ride at the oldest and largest electric mass transit railway museum in the world and learn about streetcars and subways. Volunteer guides lead visitors through exhibits.

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Explore Maine destinations

Camping in dense forests atop summits on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine
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Acadia National Park

Some of the best views on the U.S. East Coast are on Mount Desert Island, where beaches and cliffs give way to dense forests and mountaintops, one of which is 466 meters high. Venture to the summits using more than 204 kilometers of hiking trails to take in the green landscapes of Maine and the allure of the mighty ocean. Visit a garden, nature center and museum to learn how donated land became a jewel in the National Park Service collection. Listen to rangers talk about its history and 21st century changes.

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