Maine is one of the most unique states in the United States when it comes to nature. With its location on the country’s northeast coast, Maine offers a very dramatic coastline with sharp cliffs and the interior is forested and low-lying. Maine is known as one of the most beautiful states, and there is a lot to see and do in the northern state bordering Canada. There are also good opportunities for sunbathing and swimming in the state.
Augusta is Maine’s capital, while Portland is the state’s largest city. See cities in Maine by population.
Facts about Maine
- Inhabitants: 1.3 million
- Density: 16.6 per km²
- Capital: Augusta
- Largest city: Portland
- Area: 91,646 km²
- Highest mountain: Mount Katahdin
- Time Zone: UTC-5 (Summer Time UTC-4)
- New Hampshire– in the west
Things to do in Maine
With its incredibly rugged coastline and rich history as one of the oldest states in the United States, Maine offers something for everyone.
In Maine’s largest city, Portland, there are many nice sights and lots to see and do. The city is located on the coast, and one of the most exciting attractions there is whale watching, but the city is also very famous for its fine lighthouses. There are some very nice guided tours to these four towns, which you can read more about here.
Portland has a very rich history, and one of the finest old neighborhoods is the Old Port which is imbued with a very quaint feel. There are several beautiful parks in the city, and with the ocean so close, you are treated to incredibly beautiful views in Portland.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is the most visited national park in Maine, and is located on the state’s coastal strip. Acadia is a true paradise for nature lovers, with its dramatic cliffs, beautiful hiking and biking trails, and magical forests. There are also mountains and beach areas where it is good to swim. Acadia simply has something for everyone!
Learn more about Acadia National Park at www.nps.gov.
Old Orchard Beach
If you fancy sun and swimming, a visit to the beautiful town of Old Orchard Beach is a must. Located in southern Maine, Old Orchard Beach is one of the premier vacation resorts in the state.
In Old Orchard Beach, in addition to a very pleasant city center, there is also a fantastic beach that is over a mile long. At the beach there is also a very nice promenade with shops and restaurants. On the Old Orchard Beach Pier there is a casino, and on the beach there is also an amusement park with merry-go-rounds.
Rent a car in Maine
Maine is perfect for rental cars with its short distances and excellent roads. By renting a car in Maine, it is easy and convenient to get around the various pleasant parts of the state, and it is also possible to make a tour of the coast and enjoy nature to the fullest.
There are several great roads that are made to showcase the very best of Maine’s nature and culture, and are very enjoyable to drive. You can read more about these on Maine’s official tourism page.
The very best thing is to rent the car online in advance to be sure that the car is available for pick-up. It is possible to rent a car in all major cities in Maine.