Forests, coast and sea
Maine is located at the northeastern end of the United States of America, on the border with Canada. Initially, Maine was the territory of what is now a French colony. The country later became British property. Maine is the largest of the New England states in the United States. Maine has exceptionally large areas of forest, about 90% of the country is forested. Maine is therefore referred to as the “Pine Tree State”.
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State Capitol in Augusta – Maine
The easternmost point of the USA is in Maine at “West Quoddy Head”. Maine’s rugged Atlantic coast is famous for its many beautiful lighthouses. The coast of Maine, with some offshore islands, is mostly still pristine and wild. Aside from the vast forests of Maine, there are numerous lakes, wild rivers and streams, and some higher mountains to explore inland.
Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor
The tourist highlight is Acadia National Park on Maine’s mid-Atlantic coast, apart from the autumn Indian Summer. The small, picturesque seaport of Bar Harbor is also well known. About 1.3 million people live in Maine. The largest cities in the country are Portland, Lewiston and Bangor.
Country Road in Maine – Indian Summer
Fantastic views of the Atlantic are possible along the coastal roads of Maine. The visitor passes old ports, picturesque communities and drives over bridges worth seeing. Maine is known for its large number of lighthouses. Beautifully diverse Maine can be seen from the mountains. Numerous scenic highways lead through the country. Countless hiking trails criss-cross the Maine forests. The well-known Appalachian Trail runs through the New England state.
Portland and Casco Bay
Portland’s historic Old Town and Harbor is located on the north shore of Casco Bay. There are numerous large and small islands to discover in the Casco Bay area. Casco Bay itself can be crossed using bridges. There are many biking and hiking trails around Portland. The Portland Freedom Trail, for example, leads along historical sites from the slave era. Casco Bay is home to many coastal communities worth visiting.
Portland’s art district is worth a visit. Maine’s oldest lighthouse, dating from 1791, is located at Cape Elizabeth near Portland. The Portland Head Light is located on the grounds of Fort Williams Park.
Lighthouse – Quoddy Head Lighthouse – Maine
Valuable and beautiful coastal landscape
Local, ocean-influenced cuisine is not to be missed on the Maine coast. Beautiful local beaches include Crescent Beach and the beaches near Scarborough. The southern point of Maine is at Cape Neddick. The coasts of Maine are home to a very diverse range of birdlife.
In addition to Acadia National Park, Grafton Notch State Park and Quoddy Head State Park (the easternmost point in Maine and the USA) are also worth seeing. Baxter State Park is near Mount Abraham. There, the alpine flora and fauna plays the most important role. There are also many lakes and some bog areas.
Hiking and cycling
In addition to biking and hiking, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and paddling are popular activities in Maine. The variety of nature and culture in Maine makes every stay in the New England state an experience.
View over Acadia Coastal National Park
Highlights of Maine
The nature and the towns on the Atlantic coast are the highlight of Maine. Numerous recreational activities are available in Maine, summer and winter. Acadia National Park, whale watching and the Indian summer in the fall are among the special attractions of the New England state.
- Pemaquid Point Light
- Bay of Fundy
- Desert of Maine
- Portland Museum of Art
- Cadillac Mountain
- Quody Head
- Two Lights State Park
- Portland Observatory
- Acadia National Park
- Portland Head Light
- Indian Summer
- Whale Watching
- Mount Desert Island
- Sebago Lake
- Kentucky Lake
- Rangeley Lakes
- Mackworth Island
- Maine Lighthouses
Leisure activities in Maine
A popular hiking area in Maine is the White Mountains. Portland, Maine is described as a very livable city. The Rockland Museum of Art is well known. A highlight in Maine is the regular Fort Kent dog sled race. Whale watching on the Atlantic is possible for nature lovers. Presque Isle is known for its good Nordic skiing in the winter.
Landscapes from North to South
The nature of Maine can be described as very diverse. Southern Maine is known for its tourist communities, cosmopolitan cities and beautiful Atlantic beaches. The north and northeast of Maine, on the other hand, is mostly covered by forest areas, and agriculture plays a major role there. There are about 2,000 lakes in the northernmost region of Maine alone.
Big Cities in Maine
- South Portland
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- Aroostook County
- Greater Portland & Casco Bay
- Kennebec & Moose River Valleys
- Maine Highlands
- Moosehead Lake
- Maine Lakes & Mountains
- Mid Coast
- Maine Beaches
- Downeast & Acadia
Map of Maine – United States
Maine is one of the New England states of the USA and is located in the extreme northeast of the United States on the Atlantic. To the north is the neighboring state of Canada. Augusta is the capital of the country. The map of Maine shows the neighboring states, the largest cities, the most important transport links and highways, the lakes and rivers. The area of Maine is 91,646 km². Approximately 1.34 million people live in Maine in New England as of 2019.
Portland in Maine – United States
Desirable city on the North Atlantic
Portland is the largest in Maine and has an old port that is well worth seeing. The city is the seat of numerous insurance companies and banks.
City on the water – Portland in Maine
As a major transportation hub in New England, in the Northeast of the USA, on the border with Canada, Portland has an international airport and a well-developed rail network.
Lighthouse – Portland Head Light – Maine
Portland Head Light
The most famous sight of Portland, Maine is the “Portland Head Light”. Dating back to 1790, the structure is the oldest lighthouse on the Maine coast. The tower is about 23 meters high.