Spotlight: Maine

The state of Maine is more than a destination – it's an experience that will take your breath away. Much of Maine's culture emanates from the sea, and the state's maritime heritage is readily seen – lobstermen and their buoys dot the shore and windjammers cruise the coastline daily. Maine is a place where you can enjoy the wide-open spaces of the deep woods and vibrant coastline, and find inspiration, whether it's the joy of finding the best locally crafted beer, the perfect lobster roll, or the soul-restoring calm of watching the sun rise over the Atlantic.


Pine Tree State

Major airports:
Portland International Jetport (PWM)
Bangor International Airport (BGR)

Spring: -3°C to 22°C
Summer: 11°C to 27°C
Autumn: -1°C to 21°C
Winter: -11°C to 6°C

Eastern Time (-5 hours GMT)


Getting around

Maine offers more than 52,000 square miles of exploration and adventure. To make the most of the experience, traveling by car is recommended. Rental car agencies are located at Maine's airports and other locations throughout the state.

New & Trending

Maine Foodie Tours is now in five locations throughout the state – Kennebunkport, Portland, Rockland, Camden, and Bar Harbor. A variety of tours are offered showcasing the best of the best of Maine food and drink.

The Higgins Beach Inn, a historic beachfront hotel in Scarborough, has been bought by The Migis Hotel Group. The three-story colonial revival structure, which dates from 1897, lies between Prouts Neck and Crescent Beach State Park. The 23 newly designed rooms have a modern feel with stylish furnishings.

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Medawisla Lodge & Cabins has reopened. Medawisla is the newest destination in AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges network and an ideal spot for exploring the famed 100-mile wilderness. Truly off the grid, Medawisla offers hiking, paddling, fly fishing, canoe camping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Fun fact: There is 3,500 miles of coastline and about 2,000 islands off the coast where nearly 85 percent of all American lobsters are harvested.

Must see

Acadia National Park: Opened in 1919, Acadia National Park sprawls for 30,000 acres across Mount Desert Island and several other islands and peninsulas in south east Maine. The park also has the tallest peaks on the Eastern Seaboard, and well-known spots such as Thunder Hole, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs and Cadillac Mountain. You can go hiking, biking or horse riding along the park's famous carriage roads or explore the park by canoe or kayak, while winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Cuisine: Mainers have been eating sea (and farm) to table for centuries and award-winning chefs from across the state bring creativity and passion to their food. Sample culinary treats from food trucks and local diners to tapas-style bistros and fine dining establishments – savour the variety of Maine flavours and foods.

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath: Located on the banks of the scenic Kennebec River in Bath, the museum offers activities for all ages. The 20-acre waterfront campus includes the only intact historic shipyard in the country. Enjoy one of the daily lighthouse cruises or trolley tours (May-October); go aboard the 1906 schooner Mary E or feel what it's like to stand at the top of a lighthouse in, Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland: Discover world-class exhibitions from contemporary to traditional art in downtown Portland. Explore an extraordinary collection of Maine and American art and works by European masters, housed in three architecturally significant buildings. Experience masterpieces by artists from Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Claude Monet to Alex Katz and Louise Nevelson.

Shopping: Maine's resourceful, dependable and inventive spirit is embodied by a long history of fine craftsmanship of everything from food to furniture, clothing to jewellery. Enjoy the many farmers' markets, unique galleries and showrooms throughout the state, including Maine Center for Crafts.

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