Things to Do in Maine

Hugh Stewart

With six sandy beaches that only campers can access (many just a stone’s throw from the campsites), it’s worth pitching a tent on this tiny island just... Read More

The one museum on this list not exclusively dedicated to art, this modest exhibit space at Bowdoin College features fascinating rotating exhibitions of... Read More

Long known as the most arduous section of the Appalachian Trail, the 100-Mile Wilderness takes its name from the approximate distance between towns on... Read More

Enjoy this roadside view of distant Mt. Katahdin while heading up into Maine’s northwoods, because southbound passengers don’t get the chance to pull... Read More

Maine's only Smithsonian affiliate, the cozy Abbe Museum chronicles the history, art, and culture of Maine’s Wabanaki Nations, which include Maine’s... Read More

The high point of Mount Desert Island’s western half, 681-foot Acadia Mountain looks out over the blue inlet of Somes Sound, often misidentified as a... Read More

For an example of why the national parks are “America’s best idea,” look no further than Acadia’s forty-five miles of car-free, crushed-stone carriage... Read More

If any place typifies Maine’s great rugged outdoors, it’s Acadia, the state’s only national park (and the first crowned east of the... Read More

Sea kayaking along the coast of Mount Desert Island lets you see the contours of Acadia National Park from a whole different angle. Dramatic cliffs and... Read More

One of the classic winter activities in any National Park, 32 miles of Acadia’s historic carriage roads are groomed every year for cross-country skiing,... Read More

Acadia’s 45-mile carriage road system is the legacy of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who built the broken-stone roadways to allow for car-free... Read More

Little Ivy Colby College is home to the largest collection of works by American painter and Pop artist Alex Katz, who has summered in Lincolnville,... Read More

A journey along the remote, 92-mile Allagash is one of North America’s classic river trips. The designated National Wild and Scenic River connects a... Read More

Paddle or take a fly-fishing trip on the 178-mile-long Androscoggin River. Watch for hawks, which circle above in search of rainbow trout and bass. Read More

These ribbon-y, 90-foot falls are perhaps Maine’s tallest, depending who you ask, but it’s hard to see how the braided silver cords could be anything... Read More

Award-winning rug-maker Angela Adams may have stores all over the country, but her flagship showroom in Portland is just a few miles from the very... Read More

A railway that once hauled Aroostook County’s famous potatoes to market was re-envisioned in the 1990s as a 28-mile crushed-stone pathway. It’s a deep... Read More

One of New England’s more classic covered bridges, this postcard-perfect wooden bridge near Bethel earned its nickname from the hordes of painters and... Read More

The bridge connecting Orr’s Island to Bailey Island, far out in Casco Bay, is one of Maine’s more photographed sites. Also known as the Cribstone Bridge... Read More

Ideal for visitors who want to explore Bar Harbor without being confined to a car, this full-service bike shop has a wide variety of recreational and... Read More

Choose from more than a half-dozen outings on the waters surrounding MDI, most of them in the neighborhood of three hours long. Humpback, Finback and... Read More

The only access to the beach at Barred Harbor is via seaside Goat Trail or the island-spanning Median Ridge Trail. It’s a couple miles of hiking either... Read More

With mile-high and gorgeously chiseled Mount Katahdin at its heart, Baxter is Maine’s wilderness showpiece, 200,000+ acres donated by a far-sighted... Read More

Dominated by the mile-high swoop of Mount Katahdin, this 200,00-acre backcountry playground is likely a bit wilder than what many envision when they... Read More

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