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Top 10 Places in Maine to Visit

Updated on February 19, 2014

For our family vacation this year, we decided to travel to Maine. We had read about Acadia National Park and thought it would be a fun trip. What we did not realize is that there were some many things to do in Maine. We ended up spending less time at Acadia and more time along the southeastern coast of Maine. We could have easily have spent another week there and would have had plenty to do. Maine is a beautiful place to travel to. Let us look at 10 of the top places to visit in Maine.

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Parks in Maine to Visit

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park was the first national park established east of the Mississippi River. It is also the only national park in Maine. Most of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is about two-thirds of the way up the coast of Maine. It offers stunning views of Maine’s rugged coast. It is a very relaxing to sit on the rocks and listen to the waves crash against them. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the entire Atlantic coast at over 1,500 feet. This is a great place to go to watch sunrises and sunsets. If you like to hike, Acadia is the place for you. It has many different trails to hike, from carriage roads to trails that require climbing on iron rungs. Thanks to the Park Loop Road, you can drive through much of the park and see the main sights in as little as half a day, depending on how many stops that you make. If you like to hike or bike, you could easily spend a week exploring the carriage roads. If you have a chance, schedule a whale watch cruise in Bar Harbor.


Great Blu-ray of Acadia National Park

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Sign at the Summit of Mount Katahdin marking the northern end of the Appalachian Trail
Sign at the Summit of Mount Katahdin marking the northern end of the Appalachian Trail | Source
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View from the Summit of Mount Katahdin | Source
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Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is much larger than Acadia National Park. It is located in northwestern Maine. The Appalachian Trail ends at the top of Mt. Katahdin (5,267 feet), which is the highest peak in Maine. Four different trails lead to the top of Mt. Katahdin with varying difficulties. If you plan to climb one of these trails, be ready to start very early in the morning if you are not camping in the park. The parking lots fill up fast. Hiking to the summit is only permitted during the months of June through October due to the altitude of the mountain. Baxter State Park has many other trails to hike also. The park is full of wildlife, such as moose, black bears, white-tailed deer, and many smaller land animals.

View of Camden, ME from Mt. Battie Tower
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Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park is located in east central Maine, along the Atlantic coast. It is much quieter than Acadia National Park. It boasts a rocky shoreline, wooded areas, and hills. The best view in the park is found on top of Mt. Battie, which looks across Penobscot Bay to the east and on a clear day, Mt. Katahdin to the northwest. Camden Hills has five major trailheads in the park. The park also has 100 campsites with full-service bathrooms and showers.

Portland, Maine

Cities to Visit in Maine

Portland

Portland is the largest city in Maine, located on Casco Bay. There are many things to do around Portland. The waterfront offers lobster boat rides, scenic cruises, walking trails, and ferries to take you to the island communities. There are also many wonderful places to eat, from pubs to seafood restaurants along the waterfront. Portland also offers unique shopping opportunities with many different boutiques and galleries.

Coach Factory Outlet in Freeport
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Freeport

Freeport offers the best shopping in Maine. It has over 200 upscale outlet stores along with being the home to the L.L. Bean flagship store. There is always something happening in Freeport whether it is concerts in the summer or festivals in the winter. Freeport is also home to the Desert of Maine. Made up of 40 acres of glacial silt, which is a substance like sand, it is not a true desert. It does receive ample precipitation and all vegetation is removed.

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Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is famous for being the summer home of President George H. W. Bush, who owns an estate at Walker’s Point. It is easy to see from Ocean Avenue and well worth a few pictures. Kennebunkport also has nice sand beaches that are a great place to hang out on a hot, summer day. The downtown area is full of quaint shops and tasty restaurants. There is freshly caught lobster served near the dock. It is well worth spending at least half a day here if not a whole day.

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Kittery

Kittery is located just inside the Maine border, across from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is known for the Kittery Outlets, which boasts over 120 stores. The Kittery Trading Post is probably the most famous shop in Kittery; it has three floors of shopping for the outdoor lover. Kittery is also home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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Lighthouses in Maine to Visit

Portland Head Light

The Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It was put into service in 1791 at the directive of President George Washington. It is located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, ME. The lighthouse stands 80 feet tall. The park is free to visit. If you wish to climb to the top of the lighthouse, there is a small fee.

Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light House
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Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse

Cape Neddick, also called Nubble, Lighthouse is located in York, Maine. It was built in 1879 on an island about a football field off the cape. There is a small park located on the mainland across from the lighthouse that offers free parking and a great place to relax and enjoy the view.


Sunset at Moosehead Lake
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Lakes to Visit in Maine

Moosehead Lake

Maine has many different lakes and rivers. Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine. It is in the Longfellow Mountains in western Maine. The Kennebec River flows out of Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic Ocean. The lake is at an elevation of greater than 1,000 feet, making it the highest lake in the eastern U.S. This area is an outdoor person’s dream. It offers something for everyone from fishing, to moose safaris, to whitewater rafting, to snowmobiling in the winter.

My family and I enjoyed every minute of our vacation in Maine. We only wish we had another week to explore other parts of Maine. It is an extremely beautiful state with many different things to see and do. Now all that is left is to plan your vacation to Maine.

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    • Shesabutterfly profile image

      Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      My fiancé and I are hoping to vacation in Maine very soon. I found this hub extremely useful and your photos are absolutely stunning!:) Voted up and bookmarked!

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love visiting Maine. We have a camp there and I just spent about 10 days there. Acadia National Park in one of my favorite places to visit. That is a fantastic picture of the Bubbles and Jordan Pond. Next time you are in Maine try to get out to an island by boat. There are mail boats or shuttles out of the harbors in the ANP area. The State of Maine also runs ferries that your can take your car on. We spent a nice day out on Vinalhaven last weekend.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Nice Hub about a beautiful place, especially in the summer because it's cool. Another great spot is Deer Isle.

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      I have never been to Maine but I definitely want to take a trip there next summer. We're not too far away (about 8 hours by car) and the scenery is spectacular! Plus, I'd love to see a moose!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never been to Maine but have always had very romantic notions of what it's like. Your Hub only reinforces those thoughts and feelings! I MUST go there someday.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed reading this hub and learning more about the beautiful places to visit. I would love to visit there one day.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      I have always thought that should I ever visit America. Maine is one of the places I would love to see. Your hub and the beautiful photo´s on it have me hooked, and should I ever get to America, I will make this my destination. It looks fantastic.

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      Getting Along 4 years ago from Maine

      We Mainers are very proud of our beautiful state :) I've lived here for almost 25 years, and am still finding new places to explore. Welcome, and please come back! There's something for everyone, in every season!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      ercramer46....My plan for next year is to travel to Maine. My cousin, one of my favorite cousins, lives in Bangor. I have always always wanted to visit there. And while I am there will try to see some of the spots you have suggested. Thank you for sharing this with us. And congrats on HOTD.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I love Maine, especially Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. I'd like to camp at the state parks you've mentioned. Nice hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats on your well deserved hub of the day. I used to spend two weeks every summer in Old Orchard Beach when I lived in Montreal. There were about five different families and we would all meet there every year and have a great time.

      Enjoyed your hub and I really must visit the beautiful state of Maine again soon.

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      Gina Lynn W 4 years ago

      I love going to Maine. As I child I spent the majority of my summers there with my Grandma. It's been nearly ten years since I have been out East. Looking at your beautiful pictures, brought back awesome memories (I could even smell the ocean). Thanks so much for this Hub. It really has given me the motivation to plan a trip to get back out there!

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      This is such a good list of places to visit in Maine, that I linked to your article from one of my writings about Maine...

      https://hubpages.com/education/Interesting-Facts-a...

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A very well deserved Hub of the Day! I have never been to Maine, so I enjoyed the photos. I am a light house nut. I like painting them. I love your photo of the Portland light.

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      HubTub 4 years ago

      Maine has always intrigued me, and I hope to visit one day. Your hub has inspired me all the more to do so. This hub is absolutely beautiful, and the photographs are stunning. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      These places look great. They'll surely give wonderful memories to who ever visits them.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi ER!

      I echo the sentiments congratulating you on this well presented Hub. My wife and mother-in-law lived in Brunswick-Topsham for many years. My father-in-law was a lobsterman for 40 years. My wife and I would love to visit the many inlets that were only known to the locals and no one, and I mean no one, makes better Fish Chowder and Blueberry muffins than the Dolphin Marina restaurant in Harpswell. See the link. MmmmmMmmm!

      http://www.dolphinmarinaandrestaurant.com/

      I always told my wife we could live in Maine...6 months out of the years. Nice place to visit but the winters are long and rough! (at least to me)

      Well done on this hub. Thanks for the memories!

      Bruce

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      First, congratulations on HOTD!! Very nicely done!

      I've only been very briefly through a small corner of Maine, when I was a child. We were visiting relatives in MA, and my dad had rented a car to show us where he was born in NH. On the way back to MA, he detoured through a corner of VT and then ME, just to say we'd been in those states... LOL

      My great-aunt and her husband, however, were among those we were visiting in MA, and they enjoyed frequent camping trips to Moosehead Lake, and I still have the watercolor painting she did of Mt. Katahdin. I also recall them mentioning Freeport and Kennebunkport.

      Too bad I am confined to armchair travel these days..I'd love to visit. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and shared.

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      Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Nicely written and well organized. I was in Maine as a little one and we visited Bar Harbor. My grandparents had an Airstream trailer and someone bumped into it. I think I was 5 at the time. The things we remember.

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      Simply stunning!

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      Marc3 4 years ago

      Good Hub, Being born a raised in Maine it is interesting to hear an outside point of view. All the places you mention as sites to see is second nature to me. I have always enjoyed my life in Maine but there are plenty of places outside of Maine I would like to visit however Maine will always remain the place I call home.

      And for all those who have visited Maine you can see why it is called "Vacation Land" .. ^^

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Informative and interesting hub, and the pictures are beautiful. Voted up!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great hub! I had the opportunity to see all those places that you mentioned, and they are beautiful. I lived in Eastport, Maine, for couple of years, and they have 5 days, 4th of July festival.... It was wonderful. That small 'city' fills up with visitors for the festival. It's kind of out of the way, but worth the visit.

      Enjoyed your hub, and congrats on the award!

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I have visited Maine once and find that place really nice and beautiful. The best is Acadia National Park and Moosehead Lake.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      We live New Hampshire, so we visit Maine often. It is a wonderful state and you have highlighted some of the most wonderful places there. Camden is fabulous....York holds such special memories for me.....Portland have so many amazing places to eat! I could never choose just one to be my favorite. Enjoyed your hub, thank you.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      A wonderful hub about top 10 places in Maine. I had never heard about this before. I hope I can go there one day. My friend, I really enjoy this hub. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Maine is truly a beautiful place. I am just glad that I can share my pictures and experience there.

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      Keely Mahaffey 4 years ago from Maine

      I went to Maine on my honeymoon and ended up moving there four months later from Texas. It's definitely a place that digs out a little place in your heart and stays put. The people are the kindest I've ever known, and the scenery is breathtaking.

      Bar Harbor and Boothbay Harbor are also beautiful to visit :)

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks Keelymahaffey! I agree that Maine is amazing.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello ercramer,

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing, to be honest.

      I loved every word. Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      "Hawkeye Pierce," from MASH was right. Maine, his home state, is gorgeous. Loved the photos. And I really want to visit your hometown: Chicago. Always have had the desire to be there. But never had the travelin' dough and now hitch-hiking is illegal.

      You have such a gift for writing. Just keep writing and good things are bound to happen to you.

      I cordially invite you to read one or two of my hubs, and be one of my followers.

      That would make my day.

      I am so honored to meet you.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Eric Cramer 3 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      ercreamer,

      Hi. And you are very welcome. You are a terrific writer and that is the truth. I would love for you to follow me--sharing hub ideas and helping me with more-creative ways to improve the looks of my hubs, etc.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Maine is a great place for hunting and fishing, including for landlocked salmon in Moosehead Lake (the largest fresh water lake contained solely within any one state in the U.S.A.) Whitetail deer are one prize with Maine's largest going close to 300 pounds, unlike the west's smaller Mule Deer. Maine has "ponds" that in Texas would be lakes, and lots and lots of lakes, too.

      Take the biting insects seriously or you will wish you had used adequate amounts of insect repellent. President Eisenhower didn't and spent some wasted time laid up instead of all his planned fly fishing there.

      Be prepared for ocean temperatures that can be far less than toasty. When I was a "beach boy" for one of the hotels there, the ocean temperature on one 4th of July was 42 degrees (about what you want your ice water to dip to in your refrigerator.) When it gets to 58 or 60 on a rare day in summer, every "Maineiac" calls their neighbors with the news so they can hit the beach at mid-tide. (Canadian tourists, however, love Maine's "warm" water.)

      If you like lobster and clams, you'll be in heaven. Thanks to wise conservation efforts, the lobsters are plentiful now and most Maine vacations are incomplete without several feasts of boiled lobster and lobster rolls, fried or steamed clams, and seafood chowders.

      Enjoy the Pine Tree State's "Vacationland."

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great travelogue, Eric. I would love to visit in any of these places in Maine someday. Lovely descriptions with awesome photos. Voted up!

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      Geri McClymont 17 months ago

      A very informative article for someone like me who has never been to Maine but would like to. The lighthouses have always appealed to me but it is nice to know there is so much more to see. Baxter State Park looks stunning. Beautiful photography too.

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