Best places to visit in Maine: discover the Top destinations of Maine
Residents of the state are called ‘Mainers’ or ‘Downeasters’. The state has the second largest percentage of French-ancestry Americans in the nation. Maine also has what is known as the ‘summer people’ phenomenon, a term given to the numerous people who maintain a second home in the state during summer months and then leave during the off-season.
The state makes the most of its coastal scenery and beauty. It is home to Acadia National Park (New England’s only national park). Explore the quaint churches and villages of York or settle for the shopping and art galleries at the picturesque York Harbour. Portland offers a historic ride aboard its Narrow Gauge Railroad, while Augusta’s prime attractions include the Old Fort Western (America’s oldest standing wooden fort) and the Pine Street State Arboretum (which is home to trees actually grown in a space shuttle).
Celebrate true New England spirit at the Fryeburg Fair (Maine’s largest agricultural festival) held every October, or the Country Fair, a popular favourite in urban areas. The Maine Lobster Festival in August features a 10 km race and a Sea Goddess Pageant. If you visit the state on 19 April, you can be a part of the lively Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord.