Maine is a coastal state on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Northernmost and easternmost state in the region it is famous for its history and its coastal scenery as well as its fine dining. Before the arrival of the French and English in the 1600’s, this area, like many others, was settled by local native tribes, in this case the Algonquians. Torn apart by war between the first and the new residents, Maine was settled very slowly. Today, Maine ranks as one of the least populous, smallest and safest states in the country. Home to vast unspoiled natural areas in addition to many historic sites and attractions, Maine is a great place to spend some time of the east coast.
While Portland and the Kennebunks may be the most well known regions, they are just the beginning. One of the many reasons to visit this region is the natural bounty found in its state and national parks including our number one must see attraction, Acadia National Park.
Considered one of the most beautiful areas in the state and indeed the country, this 30,000 acre national park offers visitors 41 miles of coastal views, 110 miles of trails to hike and more than 45 miles of carriage roads as well. Host of close to 2 million visitors a year, it is most well known for its views as well as its diverse wildlife.
A coastal state, Maine is home to many historic sites of interest relating to shipping, hunting and bounty which brings us to our second must see attraction, Maine’s lighthouses. Home to over 60 lighthouses, many are open to visitors throughout the summer season and tell the story of the sailors who both one and lost their battle with the sea and a rough coast. Many of these lighthouses are located on islands off the coast making them a great way to get out and explore the nearby coastal sites as well.
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