The state of Maine, nicknamed Vacationland, is more than a destination – it’s an experience that will take your breath away. Maine embraces all that is authentic, unique and simple, and Mainers take pride in enjoying the wide-open spaces of the state’s deep woods and vibrant coastline. They find inspiration in the natural world to incorporate into their everyday activities – from the straightforward preparation of the perfect lobster roll to the world-renowned craftsmanship of their boats.
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.
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.”
Classic road trip
Follow a National Scenic Byway. Maine has four of them, including an All-American Road – The Acadia Byway. The others are Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway, Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway and the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. Each of Maine’s scenic byways includes archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities that make them well worth the visit.
Don’t leave without tasting…
As many lobster rolls as possible. How else will you know who makes the best?
Take the ferry from Portland’s Old Port to Great Diamond Island and dine al fresco at Diamond’s Edge Restaurant. Your view will be as lovely as the food is divine.
If you want to fit in…
Try a whoopie pie, Maine’s official snack, and wash it down with a Moxie, Maine’s official soft drink.
One awe-inspiring building
The observatory at Maine's Penobscot Narrows Bridge is the tallest bridge observatory in the world. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the 360° view looks out over the Penobscot River and Bay.
The thrill of whitewater rafting is no more exciting than on the Dead, Kennebec and Penobscot rivers of Maine. True Class V rapids are found all summer long on the Penobscot for those seeking extreme fun.
Browse the Kittery Outlets and Freeport’s charming village with the beloved L.L. Bean flagship store. The best bargains in New England are found at Maine’s own Reny’s Department Stores throughout the state.
Top photo opportunities
- You and your steamed Maine lobster dinner
- Sunset from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park
- Mount Katahdin
- A Maine moose
- One of 60-plus working lighthouses.
You might be surprised by...
The fact that there are 8,500 kilometers of Maine coastline dotted by more than 60 lighthouses.
You’ll know you’re here when…
You stop seeing roadside billboards. Maine businesses are only allowed to place roadside ads on property that they own, so when travelling in Maine you get to enjoy the scenery instead of seeing giant billboards.