Though its license plates designate it as “Vacationland”, Maine’s best attractions aren’t just for first timers. Everyone enjoys the taste of fresh-caught lobster, the sight of the first colorful leaves of fall, and the crisp sound of skis cutting through the snow––all classic “must-do” activities on any guide to Maine.
Some of the best things to do in Maine are situated along its shoreline, which stretches 3,478 miles, surpassing even California’s in size. From the water’s edge in Southern coast towns such as Kittery, Wells, and Old Orchard Beach, visitors can amble past historic lighthouses, lay out on white sand beaches, or splurge at one the state’s signature lobster bakes.
While the coast draws the most visitors, inland forests and mountains offer a scenic outdoor haven throughout the year. In the spring, the state’s maple tappers open their doors to showcase the methods and traditions used to gather the sweet sap since colonial times, usually paired with free demonstrations and samplings. Visitors can even go deep into the forests on moose safaris, with experienced guides leading groups across water and land to catch glimpses of the state’s animal, or book a whale-watching cruise to get a glimpse of Northern Humpback whales or Minke whales on their seasonal trip North.
Of course, there’s more than just untamed wilderness in Maine. Portland was dubbed “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetite for its abundance of fresh seafood and artisan beers and bakeries, and features a number of restaurants headlined by James Beard Award-winning chefs. Maine Foodie Tours makes it easy to get a taste of all the town has to offer by whisking hungry participants on a culinary excursion to many of the best fish houses, breweries, coffee houses, and award-winning restaurants, with tours available by foot, bike, boat, or trolley.