Maine Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Maine, USA

What are the Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Maine?

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Popular Activities, Best Tourist Spots, and Amazing Places to Visit in Maine, USA

Maine is a very much underrated travel destination despite having a surfeit of things to do and see. In fact, the state has more coastal miles (3,478) than California (3,427), but this number could pass 5,000 miles if you include all its many islands. Nevertheless, people love Maine and are a go-to vacation spot for many Americans. The state is rich in history and culture, which can be seen in the brick towns and cobblestone streets.

You will find plenty of things to do, and here are 15 from us.

Visit Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park

Situated in the coastal region of Maine, Acadia is chock-full with gorgeous marvels to inspire you. The tall Cadillac Mountain is among the first places in the United States to see the sunrise.

Explore the small fishing town of Bar Harbor and learn how to catch fish or head over to Thunder Hole to experience the sea at its most basic.

If you want to enjoy your time at Acadia, the best time to visit is somewhere between late spring and fall.

Spent your winter at Sugarloaf Ski Resort

Sugarloaf Ski Resort by Bubblecuffer via Wikipedia CC
Sugarloaf Ski Resort By Bubblecuffer – Own work, Public Domain, CC

As the largest ski resort in the east of Mississippi, Sugarloaf should be on your bucket list of things to do in Maine. The resort has areas and facilities that suit every skier regardless of their experience.

For beginners, the Timberline Quad at the summit of Sugarloaf has the easiest runs, while experienced skiers can check out the SuperQuad.

Relax at Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach Maine
Old Orchard Beach Maine

Despite being so far away from the west coast, the Old Orchard Beach still manages to exude a carnival-like vibe. The beach is famous for its expansive sands lined with shops, festivals, and numerous activities.

However, one of the most popular points of interest is the 500 feet pier that extends into the ocean and jammed packed with a range of souvenir shops, restaurants, food stalls, and even nightclubs.

Admire art at Ogunquit

Ogunquit Sunset
Ogunquit Sunset

This small quaint village started as a fishing hamlet before travelers got wind of its charm and beautiful landscapes. With a 3-mile stretch of sandy beach and a number of art museums and galleries, Ogunquit is a contrasting vibe of fun and art.

The small town can be explored on foot easily or using a trolley.

Enjoy the scenic Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park by Dudesleeper via Wikipedia CC
Camden Hills State Park By Dudesleeper at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

With a wide range of activities to do and sights to admire, Camden Hills State Park is one of the most visited places in Maine. Visitors can ski, hike, camp, or take scenic drives or ferry to the nearby islets.

There are also plenty of tours you can book such as windjammer tours, sea kayak tours, and fishing charters.

Explore Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport

Situated in the southern parts of Maine, Kennebunkport is widely known in the state for its 18th-century houses and numerous sights to explore.

The point of attraction in this small seaside village is the Dock Square, which is packed with art galleries, cafes, and chic boutiques.

Spend a day in Portland

Lighthouse in Portland Maine USA
Lighthouse in Portland Maine USA

Portland is the largest and capital city of the state of Maine. It is fringed with beautiful mansions with an array of ravishing attractions.

The renovated Old Port District with cobblestone streets is worth visiting.

The city has numerous shops, upscale boutiques, and art museums and galleries.

You can also sample some tasty local wine from one or a couple of local wineries.

Portland also has an abundance of watersports to enjoy like whale watching tours, fishing trips, lobster boat trips, and ferry cruises.

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Rockland

Fresh Lobster, Rockland Maine by James Fitzgerald via Unsplash
Fresh Lobster, Rockland Maine by James Fitzgerald via Unsplash

If you want to taste the famous Maine lobster, you should go to Rockland, the Lobster Capital of the World.

The town’s economy is based entirely on lobsters ad has managed to attract visitors from all around the world especially through the Maine Lobster Festival and North Atlantic Blue Festival.

Bar Harbor

Lighthouse at Bar Harbour Maine
Lighthouse at Bar Harbour Maine

This small bustling town on the Frenchman Bay has a variety of activities to fill up your weekend.

Visit the Grand Canyon of the East

Buttermilk Falls in Gulf Hagas by Andythrasher via Wikipedia CC
Buttermilk Falls in Gulf Hagas By Andythrasher – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

Gulf Hagas in Maine is usually referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. This small gorge is located in a section of Pleasant River where it forms successions of screw auger sprays.

Ride a ferry to the Casco Bay Islands

Taking a ferry to the Casco Bay Islands is one of the best things to do in Maine. The ferry makes a number of stops along the way on the small islands.

One of the best stops is on Peaks Island, which is located 20 minutes from the shores. Here you can rent a bike and explore the island or relax on the beach.

Kayak at Allagash Waterway

Allagash Waterway by blueeyedgabriel via wikipedia cc
Allagash Waterway By Blueeyedgabriel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

The Allagash Waterway is a 92 miles stretch of clear waters formed by interconnected rivers and lakes.

Besides kayaking, you can also camp along the banks.

This retreat is ideal for people looking for a spiritual getaway or escape their day-to-day routines and spend time with nature.

Stroll in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens by Drew Tarvin via Wikipedia CC
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens By Drew Tarvin from New York, United States – This Sculpture Thing, CC BY 2.0, CC

Sitting on 270 acres, the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden features an abundance of bloom and numerous winding paths.

There are daily tours that take visitors through the garden explaining the history of different species of flowers.

Check out Monhegan Island

Lighthouse and Museum on Monhegan Island by logdka via Wikipedia CC
Lighthouse and Museum on Monhegan Island By Iogdka – Nikon Digital Camera on a visit to MonheganPreviously published: on my own website, on a Monhegan non-profit calendar, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

It may be hugely underdeveloped but Monhegan Island is still worth your time. Located around 10 miles off the shore of Maine, the island has a very long history of being an artists’ colony. Many people on the island are elderly whose main activities are catching lobsters and fishing.

Visitors frequent the island during summer to enjoy the landscapes and interact with the locals. Though most of its shoreline is filled with rocks, it is still worth visiting.

Spend a weekend at Cobscook Bay State Park

Cobscook Bay State Park by Roban Kramer via Wikipedia CC
Cobscook Bay State Park By Roban Kramer – https://www.flickr.com/photos/robanhk/860016008/, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC

Cobscook Bay State Park is a perfect alternative to the crowded Acadia National park and Bar Harbor. The drive there is as scenic as it gets, with infinite blueberry barrens and verdant trees.

During the off-season, you may find yourself sharing the bay with seals and eagles, thanks to its relatively unknown status.

Maine Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Maine, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities to do in Maine, USA. We also listed some of the best travel and tour packages, as well as excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Maine hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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