U.S. Travel Guide

This dramatic suspension bridge stretches 2,120 feet over the Penobscot River, and there’s a slight Fritz Lang feel to its pointed towers and taught, isosceles cables.

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 transportation around handsome and hilly Mount Desert Island.

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 sketchers who’ve set up an easel nearby. Built in 1872, it’s been closed to traffic for more than 50 years, but the artists keep coming.

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, it’s a low and graceful arc of granite slabs stacked in a cribbing pattern, with space in between so the tide can come and out freely.

There’s an elegant swoop to the cables of this suspension bridge across Eggemoggin Reach, connecting the mainland to Deer Isle (home to the famed Haystack Mountain School of Crafts) by way of Little Deer Isle. At low tide, watch for clam diggers on the adjacent flats. 

Sardine and clam factories here once had tiny Brooklin booming, but the area today is quiet and pastoral. Sailboats and pleasure boats bob in the protected waters now, along with the old-school wooden boats for which Brooklin is renowned. 

A long history of lobstering and boatbuilding give Jonesport an air of authenticity that’s missing from many southern Maine towns. Coastal Cruises offers adventurous boat trips to check out the nearby lighthouse at Moose Point and the seals and seabirds occupying nearby islands.

The charming downtown has a historic vibe that carries over to the harbor, where a fleet of tall-masted windjammers docks in the summer, offering scenic spins around the islands of Penobscot Bay.

South Bristol consists of two villages — forested Walpole, to the north, and tonier Christmas Cove, to the south.

The best vantage point of the handsome harbor in the working fishing village of Stonington is from the Isle au Haut mailboat as it returns to the mainland.