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Maine Travel Guide

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The northeastern-most state in the nation is a bastion of extremes-a place where the feisty, flinty Yankee spirit is arguably at its purest; where one of the sea's greatest delicacies, lobster, is on virtually every menu; and where no fewer than 5,000 miles of craggy Atlantic coastline beg to be explored. Along that shore and deeper inland are temptations for every visitor and interest: farm-fresh food in Portland, Maine's largest city (with more restaurants per capita than New York City); remote Adirondack hiking trails and kayak-luring rivers and lakes; kid-friendly beaches and honky-tonk boardwalks; world-class art museums and a Relais & Chateaux resort. And despite the state's postcard-ready, Old Tyme New England appearances, a modern, can-do creative spirit permeates the state, ignited by a new generation of creative artists, chefs, and artisanal producers. If you thought you knew Maine, maybe it's time to come back.

Don't Miss

  • Being the first to see the sun rise in the U.S. atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

  • Learning how to eat a steamed lobster the "propah" way at The Lobsterman’s Wharf in East Boothbay, or at one of dozens of seafood restaurants and waterside shacks along the coast (hint: start with a bib).

  • Tramping around the same rugged coast that inspired Maine artists Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, and then seeing their masterworks in person at the Portland Museum of Art.

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