10 Best By Land And Sea, Beyond Portland's Pleasures

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. 

Maine Maritime Museum
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The Maine Maritime Museum, which also now includes the Portland Harbor Museum, provides visitors with a comprehensive and compelling chronicle of Maine's rich ship building legacy. It's fitting that this museum is located in Bath, home of the...  Read More

Sunday River Outdoor Center


It's hard to believe that Sunday River, one of Maine's premier downhill skiing destinations, is a relative newcomer to the sport of Nordic skiing. It's Outdoor Center features more than 20 trails that criss cross the breathtaking beauty of the...  Read More

Portsmouth Harbor Kayaking
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For scenic beauty, Portsmouth Harbor is especially compelling for kayakers. Located a little more than an hour south of Portland, this expansive water destination has something for everyone. During the summer and fall seasons, especially,...  Read More

Stanley Museum
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With recent attention on alternative energy fuels, a spotlight has been focused on an almost forgotten era of automotive technology: the Stanley Steamer automobile. With their origins in Kingfield, Maine, Stanley Steamers were steam-powered...  Read More

Joshua Chamberlain Museum
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Nearly lost in the annals of history, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain gained public with publication of the highly popular novel, "The Killer Angels" in the early 1990s. This celebrated work recounts the Battle of Gettysburg, a major turning point...  Read More

Acadia National Park
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Acadia National Park started out as the dream of John D. Rockefeller. This legendary industrialist, who made his fortunes in the oil industry, worked with local improvement societies to finance the purchase of large tracts of land on Mt. Desert...  Read More

Mt. Agamenticus Mountain Biking
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The Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Area comprises a very respectable 15-plus miles of prime mountain biking trails. You can access these trails via the Norman Mill Trail, located near 72 Bennett Lot Road in South Berwick (note: this is a private...  Read More

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
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Located approximately 30 minutes north of Portland, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is a major destination for art lovers in Maine. The museum is part of Bowdoin College, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the...  Read More

Upper Salmon Falls River Kayaking
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Located just over the state border near South Berwick, Maine, the Bicentennial Park boat launch in Rollinsford, NH provides easy entry onto the Upper Salmon Falls River for a classic New England river kayaking outing. The Salmon Falls was...  Read More

Mt. Washington
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Aside from its rugged seascape, perhaps there is nothing more iconic in New England than its interior mountain ranges. Fortunately, the most spectacular of these peaks – Mount Washington – is situated less than an hour and a half from...  Read More