10Best Explores the Scenic Beauty of Maine

  • Reflections on Maine

    The state of Maine, nestled in the northern and eastern-most portion of the United States, is known for many attractions: its spectacular coastal scenery; verdant rolling mountains; charming small towns; rich history and culture; picturesque bays and waterways; remote, lush forests; and an exquisite farm-to-fork cuisine with emphasis on the freshest of seafood and local produce.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Surf's Up...In Kennebunk Maine

    No, it's not Malibu,'s Kennebunk, Maine. You might think you are looking at a Southern California scene as you watch surfers hangin' 10 in Kennebunk's picturesque harbor. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Vibrant Autumn Foliage

    Fall is a perfect time to visit Maine, when leaves turn into flaming colors and crisp, cool days and azure blue skies await the visitor.

    Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism

  • The Romance of Bar Harbor

    Sailing vessels of all varieties glide through the calm waters of Bar Harbor, a charming town located on Mount Desert Island adjacent to Acadia National Park. Boasting a rich history, this area of Maine was discovered in 1604 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain. The Bar Harbor community was first settled by Europeans in 1763.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Picture-Perfect "Maine" Street

    The main street in Camden, Maine resembles a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.  The picturesque village of around 5,000 more than triples in summer, when it serves as a vacation home for many Northeasterners.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Portland's Historic Charm

    Portland, Maine is stylish and sophisticated, and boasts an exceptional culinary scene. At the same time, it is genuine and unpretentious. Steeped in history, the city blends the present with a very special past.

    Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism

  • Visit an 18th Century Lighthouse

    Cape Elizabeth, Maine is the home of Portland Head Light, a historic lighthouse that cast its first beam in 1791. It is situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, a 90-acre expanse that offers picnic facilities, hiking, sports and recreation areas, historic buildings and stunning ocean views.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Sail on a 19th Century Windjammer

    A National Historic Landmark and the oldest commercial schooner in America, the Lewis R. French was built in 1871 to carry cargoes of lumber, lime and fish. Today, it carries delighted travelers on multi-day cruises along the glorious Maine coast.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/Lewis R. French

  • Wine Trail

    Did you know Maine has a wine trail of 21 wineries spread across the state? Nestled on 68 acres in the verdant hills near Rockport Maine is the Cellardoor Winery, one of the major wineries on the trail. The 200 year-old farm has had only a handful of owners since the fields were first plowed. The current owners have lovingly restored the 1790s barn and farmhouse and built a state-of-the art winery across the road. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Cellardoor Winery

  • Back to Nature at Wolfe's Neck Farm

    Maine is known for its long-term efforts to promote ecology and sustainability, and Wolfe's Neck Farm is proof of this commitment to nature. This 626-acre saltwater farm is devoted to a long tradition of sustainable agriculture that continues to this day.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Wolfe's Neck Farm

  • Seafood at Its Freshest

    When Maine's chefs describe their seafood as fresh, they aren't kidding. You can be pretty sure your cioppino was prepared with ingredients plucked right out of the sea. If seafood isn't your thing, local farms offer sustainably raised meats and fowl, lending credence to the oft-used term, "farm to table."

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/The Harraseeket Inn

  • Shop for Vintage Finds

    Shopping for antiques of all sorts is especially rewarding in Maine, where each small town seems to have its share of shops offering vintage items....from the funky to the classic.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Artists' Inspiration

    Artists seem to thrive in Maine, and no wonder. They never lack for inspiration in the state's charming towns and scenic beauty. Art galleries featuring local artists' paintings, jewelry and artifacts can be found in towns and cities throughout the state.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Maine Art Gallery

  • River Reflections

    The historic town of Kennebunkport, Maine was first incorporated in 1663 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and served as a shipbuilding and fishing village over the centuries. The charming coastal town is one of Maine's most beloved visitor destinations.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Sweet Spot for Biking

    Bicycling is a favorite sport throughout Maine and biking trails are readily available. In Acadia National Park, family bike rides are safe and enjoyable, thanks to the park's 57-mile carriage road and bridge system, constructed between 1913 and 1940 as part of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s vision.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Surf-to-Table Delights

    If you are a lover of fresh seafood, Maine is definitely the place to indulge in your passion. Although prized for its lobster, Maine also dishes out fresh clams and oysters by the bucketful, as seen at one of the events at the Kennebunkport Food, Wine and Art Festival held each summer.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/Kennebunkport Food, Wine & Art Festival

  • Kayak Anyone?

    You'll see kayaks everywhere when you visit Maine. They meander through the waterways of town, glide through the bays and harbors, and even hit the high seas. These colorful kayaks await you at the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School in Freeport, Maine, where you can get personalized instruction in the art of kayaking and other water sports(including stand-up paddling, canoeing, and fishing). The guides are knowledgeable and above all, patient.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona, L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School

  • Reserve at Laudholm, Maine's National Treasure

    Dedicated to protecting and restoring Maine's coastal ecosystem, The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the preserve can tour historical buildings while learning about the preservation and protection of Maine's fragile environment. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/The Wells Reserve

  • Dine in the Ambiance of Yesteryear

    Maine's creative young chefs are restoring old warehouses, factories, barns, office buildings, and the like across the state, with the result that diners can enjoy eclectic and innovative cuisine surrounded by historical ambiance....a winning combination.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • A Paradise for Hikers

    Hiking trails criss-cross the state and invite the visitor to enjoy Maine's natural beauty on foot. Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is a perfect spot for a day hike that boasts a magnificent view on the islands and sea beyond.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Acadia National Park

  • Maine's Ubiquitous Lobster Roll

    When in Maine, do as the Mainers lobster!  You can find it everywhere in any type of culinary presentation, but one of the most popular ways to consume the crustacean is in a delicious lobster roll.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Back to Nature for the Kids

    Maine's wholesome, rustic environment makes it the perfect place for a family vacation. Kids are able to enjoy nature in a variety of ways, through outdoor activities, visiting farms, and simply unplugging the electronic gadgets during their stay (and they won't miss them either, guaranteed).

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Wolfe's Neck Farm

  • On the Rocks

    The rocky coastline of Maine provides an interesting walking path for those sure-footed hikers who enjoy climbing over the boulders to enjoy spectacular ocean views. 

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Picture Perfect Harbor Views

    Are you a photographer at heart? Maine will present you with an unlimited number of photo opportunities, including this scenic view of Camden harbor. Shoot away in this lovely state!

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Staying Connected

    Rest assured you will be able to access your cell phone and other devices while you are touring Maine, despite its "remote" location as the most northeastern state in the Union. This may not apply if you elect to explore the vast interior forest that makes up a great part of the state, however. It is a true wilderness experience.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Suspended Animation--View on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge

    If your Maine travels take you to Highway US 1 across the Penobscot River, you might enjoy a view on the stupendous Penobscot Narrows Bridge. It replaced the Waldo Hancock bridge constructed in 1931, the first long-span suspension bridge erected in Maine.  

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Discover Maine's Inland Towns

    Maine's coastal towns are, for good reason, a popular choice for visitors, but don't hesitate to visit some of the quaint and historic towns that are not on the coast.  Saco, Maine, just a few miles inland from Kennebunkport, offers some fun activities for kids, as well as a lovely historic main street. It also is famous for having one of the best drive-in movie theaters still in operation in the U.S.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Sahara Desert....or Maine?

    If you are visiting Freeport, Maine, consider a tour through the Desert of Maine, a true natural phenomenon. Geologists have established that a glacier that slid though the area 11,000 years ago left behind the sand and mineral deposits that today comprise this quirky visitor attraction.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Desert of Maine

  • Peaceful Gardens

    Maine is laced with lovely parks and gardens. In spring and early summer, the azaleas at the Asticou Gardens on Mount Desert Island burst into bloom. The historic gardens are open to the public throughout the seasons.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Maine is For Lovers

    Romance surrounds you in Maine, making it the perfect vacation destination for popping the big question, or celebrating engagements, weddings, and anniversaries.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Shopper's Paradise

    Trendy clothing shops line the streets of Kennebunkport, as well as boutiques offering hand-made jewelry and accessories created by local artists. The towns of Maine offer an eclectic shopping scene all their own.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Romantic Wharfs

    It's hard not to feel romantic as you gaze out onto Maine's picturesque wharfs, many of which harbor magnificent vessels from yesteryear.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Mile-long Historic Breakwater

    The Rockland Breakwater, easily accessible from the Samoset Resort, is just under a mile long and remains a favorite visitor destination to this day. It has an interesting history. It took almost two decades to complete (1881-1899), and was built to protect Rockland Harbor from damage from storms, allowing it to remain a safe commercial port until this day.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/Samoset Resort

  • The Golden Glow of Sunset

    When the sky turns a fiery red over Maine's coastline, it's time to relax, have fun and enjoy the views.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona