Portland's Land, Backwoods and Seascapes Offer Opportunities for Extensive Picture Perfect Viewing

Portland offers a bit of something for everyone when it comes to sightseeing. Casco Bay, which adjoins the city, features broad coastline viewing. One of the best locations for viewing the bay is nearby Fort Williams Park with plenty of open shoreline to take in ocean scenes. This park also features abandoned defensive fortifications and even a former mansion for truly unusual seaside strolling and viewing. To enjoy the region's deep woods beauty, a quick drive up to the summit of Mt. Agamenticus in York takes in the majestic trees and pristine peaks with views as far as the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. This is a much beloved activity to take in summer's splendor as well as the changing autumnal colors that so captivate visitors to Mt. A, as it is called. Meanwhile, Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick introduces visitors to the confluence of sea and land that made the area so attractive to Native Americans and colonists alike. Walking along upland ridges, the flowing waters of the adjoining Salmon Falls River captivate and delight sightseers. No matter what your preference – sea, land or even a simply back country road drive – the Portland area offers a great deal to sightseers of all ages.

Mt. Agamenticus Trails
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Mt. Agamenticus is a major landmark in the York region of south coastal Maine. This mountain (a hill, really, with a summit of about 1100 feet) is a popular destination with vacationers and locals alike seeking a serene, deep woods respite from...  Read More

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
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This destination has become a favorite with visitors seeking sightseeing opportunities along the scenic southern Maine coast. Seeking to preserve the much loved Laudholm Farm in Wells from residential development, open space advocates proposed a...  Read More

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
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Conveniently located only five minutes from the shopping mecca of Freeport, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is one of the most popular destinations in the Maine state parks system. The park affords a great sightseeing experience of coastal Maine...  Read More

Eastern Promenade
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The Eastern Promenade is a favorite with locals and visitors alike who are seeking a relaxing, sightseeing walk along the Portland shoreline. The 2.1 mile paved, generally level trail follows an old train line. Walking, biking or jogging along...  Read More

Vaughan Woods State Park
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Tucked away in the small, quiet hamlet of South Berwick, located about 40 minutes south of Portland, is Vaughan Woods State Park. This expansive park has long been a source of serenity and solitude for locals in the area and offers unique...  Read More

Kennebunk Bridle Path
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While the Kennebunk Bridle Path doesn't necessarily afford a long trek, it has special features well worth experiencing for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking exceptional sightseeing of Maine wetlands. In particular, a section of this 5.6...  Read More

Route 91
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For those who enjoy sightseeing drives along back country roads, it doesn't get much more scenic than Route 91 in York, Maine. This nearly eight-mile byway is accessed from U.S. Route 1 in York and ends at the intersection of Route 236 in South...  Read More

Casco Bay Lines
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Perhaps there is no better way to get up close and personal with Portland's timeless ties to the sea than a Casco Bay ferry ride. For decades, Casco Bay Lines has made such cherished excursions possible, both for visitors and locals alike,...  Read More

Portland Observatory
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First conceived as a signal station to guide ocean sailing vessels safely into Portland Harbor, the Portland Observatory has become one of the city's – and Maine's – most cherished landmarks. Visitors are immediately immersed in Portland's...  Read More

Fort Williams Park
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For generations, the Portland area's Casco Bay has represented one of the best regional sightseeing opportunities. And one of the best locations for viewing the bay is Fort Williams Park in nearby Cape Elizabeth. This destination offers...  Read More