Our 10 Best choice for this list takes into account a variety of activities and places of interest. For museum and art lovers, there are several opportunities. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (http://www.10best.com/destinations/maine/portland/brunswick/attractions/bowdoin-college-museum-of-art/) features some of the best collections of premier American and European art to be found anywhere within the region. Meanwhile, the Stanley Museum provides insights into New England's industrial past by tracing the history of the Stanley Brothers, inventors of the classic Stanley Steamer Automobile. Also of note is the Joshua Chamberlain Museum which provides insight into one of the Civil War's most heroic military strategists – as well as his post-war career as a progressive governor of Maine. At the same time, the Maine Maritime Museum offers intriguing exhibits and displays which highlight the Pine Tree State's rich shipbuilding and oceanic trade heritage. Water sports enthusiasts can take in northern New England's legendary rugged seascape with kayaking or canoeing journeys at Portsmouth Harbor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire or along the Upper Salmon Falls River in South Berwick, Maine. And for hikers and mountain bikers alike, a journey along the Mt. Agamenticus trails offers much in the way of deep woods beauty. And for the ultimate in rugged hiking adventures, few excursions compare to an ascent up Mount Washington, New England's premier peak.
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