The State of Maine is located in the New England region of the United States. Maine is known for its rocky coastlines, heavily forested areas and of course, for its delicious lobsters. The capital of Maine is Augusta and its largest city is Portland.
Coastal areas of Maine consist of beaches, lighthouses, fishing villages and thousands of offshore islands. Bays, inlets, cliffs and jagged rocks add to the rugged beauty of Maine. The interior areas of Maine are beautiful for its lush greenery including rivers and forests.
The climate in Maine is humid continental which means it has warm summers and cold, snowy winters. One of the advantages of Maine’s location is that it avoids most hurricanes and tornadoes that affect the rest of the states yearly causing billions of dollars of damage.
Visitors arrive at the Bangor International Airport to reach Maine. In the summer, visitors can explore the coast of Maine as well as the interior mountains, rivers and woods. Kayaking, biking, hiking or by seaplane, it is easy and fun to move around in this beautiful land.
The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway connects Maine to Quebec in Canada. Traveling along this road, one can enjoy the beauty of Kennebec River, Wyman Lake and the Dead River.
Aroostook County has endless fields or potato blossoms. Visitors can bike or hike along the wooded trails, cross-country ski or snowmobile through the area. In the Downeast and Acadia area, outdoors enthusiasts can dine on fresh lobster, enjoy whale watching, puffin watching and sea kayaking. Others can enjoy canoeing, hunting, fishing or just biking along the water’s edge.
Portland is in Southern Maine where one can enjoy the scenery of the Casco Bay while spending a day to visit the historic forts and lighthouses. Portland’s coast is a humdrum of activity with busy ferries, fishermen, sightseeing cruises, boaters, a multitude of restaurants and shoppers galore.
Although summer is quite short in this part of the country, Maine beaches are famous for its pure white sand and the New England villages that mark the coastal areas. Visitors can feast on fresh lobsters served with melted butter and bread in many of the restaurants along the shore. Shoppers can find many bargains in the Kittery Outlets or antique stores that dot the area. Also, for those inclined in the field of arts and culture, there are several museums, cultural centers and exhibitions.
The interior of Maine is covered with forests and beautiful rivers. Baxter State Park is 200,000 acres of natural paradise. Mount Katahdin, the tallest peak in Maine as well as the famous Moosehead Lake is in this area. Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, camping, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are some of the fun-filled activities available in this area. For people who prefer a slower pace of life, hiking, hunting and fishing are suggested.
Upper Kennebec and Moose River Valleys are also great places to visit and spend the day hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
One other entertainment in Maine and most of the New England states is fall foliage viewing. Early in the fall season, the leaves start to turn yellow, orange, red or any of the colors of the rainbow. Driving along colorful roads, photographing the rainbow colors of far away mountain ranges and playing with the leaves that fall of the trees are all possible in Maine.