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Maine sits on the northeast coast of the US, along the Canadian border. This state is where you’ll find the country’s most easterly point, West Quoddy Head, and where the famous cross-country Appalachian Trail ends. Maine has the fourth longest coastline in the USA – stretching for 5,600 kilometres, it beats famous beach states like California and Hawaii.

On your holiday to Maine, you can explore just over 200 of its 4,600 islands by kayaking or canoeing through the Maine Island Trail. And, with so many coastal towns and cities, it’s no surprise you’ll find some of the world’s best seafood here. New England clam chowder and lobster rolls are two of the most famous treats, but you can tuck into everything from net-fresh mussels to deep-sea catches all along the coast.

Portland, the largest city in Maine, is a bustling place with plenty to do. It’s home to secluded beaches, historic lighthouses and a 17th-century harbour, as well as contemporary eateries, shops and attractions. City life here is sleepier than most other urban hubs, but Portland is still a vibrant place to visit on your Maine trip. If you’re looking for picturesque scenery, base yourself in Kennebunk, the seaside haven Camden, or Bar Harbor – home to the famous Acadia National Park.

Holidays to Maine are great for any kind of traveller, as the state has a range of spots for families, couples, nature-lovers and beach-seekers. It’s also a great choice for foodies, as Maine’s culinary scene is legendary. Life moves at a slower pace in Maine, so you can leave the bright lights and bustling cities behind you, and explore in your own time. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

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Things to do in Maine

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is home to acres of pretty plants – wander through at your own pace or take part in its ‘horticultural therapy’ programme. Or, if you love conspiracy theories and monster myths, the International Cryptozoology Museum at Thompson’s Point promises hours of fun.

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Portland Head lighthouse is the most famous in the state, but there are more than 60 historic examples to wander around in Maine. Further up the coast, Pemaquid Lighthouse – a quaint lighthouse, museum and art gallery – is one of the most popular. If you’d prefer to get off the tourist trail, chat to some of Maine’s local fishermen at the many harbours, where you can learn more about the lobster trade. Or you could cheat and hop on a lobster boat tour.

You can also learn more about Maine’s Wabanaki people on a guided canoe trip along the Penobscot or Kennebec rivers. Or go puffin-watching – several of Maine’s coastal islands have thriving colonies of these cute seabirds.



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Natural wonders

The final stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through Maine and ends at the state’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin. You probably won’t be able to tackle all 452 kilometres of it, but the five major waterfalls of Gulf Hagas – known as the Grand Canyon of Maine – and White Cap Mountain in ‘The Hundred Mile Wilderness’ stretch are worth squeezing into your holiday. Acadia National Park is the only national park across the whole of New England, and it’s a picture-perfect place to spot moose, falcons and other wildlife. Make your way up any of its seven peaks, including the imposing Cadillac Mountain, or stick to an easier part of its 254 kilometres of pathways.

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If you love winter sports, remote Sugarloaf is a beautiful place to ski, explore snowy trails and enjoy plenty of après ski activities. Or, if you’re seeking a coastal getaway, make tracks for Ogunquit Beach or the harbours of Portland and Kennebunkport.



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Food in Maine

This state is known for its exceptional seafood, particularly its clams and lobster – so it’s only right to sample the best during your Maine holiday. A visit to a lobster pound like Thurston’s or Young’s, where you can select the tastiest crustacean, is an upscale experience. But if you don’t fancy getting to know your dinner first, Red’s in Wiscasset, Bagaduce Lunch in Penobscot, and The Clam Shack in Kennebunk are the best places to get an authentic lobster roll.

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If you’re hunting down the best clam chowder, The Clam Shack is – once again – touted as the best, closely followed by Js Oyster and Gilberts Chowder House in Portland. When you need to wash all the tasty treats down, there are nearly 50 craft breweries between Portland and Lubec. Allagash Brewing Company, just outside Portland, is a local favourite, as a variety of food trucks can be found on-site, so you can pair delicious bites with its refreshing drinks.

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Best time to visit Maine

Summer is the most popular time for holidays to Maine. It’s the driest and warmest time of year, when temperatures rise to the mid-twenties around Portland. Nights can get very chilly, but the days are still warm enough to lounge on the beach. Autumn is a quiet time to visit, and you’ll be treated to the famous fall colours across the state’s forests. It’s the wettest season, though, so a raincoat is a must-have, even though temperatures stay in the high-teens until late October.

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In winter, temperatures plummet below freezing, but it’s a busy time for the state’s ski resorts. The cities, like Portland, can be quieter outside of the festive period, although prices usually remain high. Spring is chilly, with temperatures barely climbing out of single figures until late April. But, if you don’t mind popping on a few layers and dodging showers, most of Maine is peacefully quiet then.

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Things to do

Things to do in Maine

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is home to acres of pretty plants – wander through at your own pace or take part in its ‘horticultural therapy’ programme. Or, if you love conspiracy theories and monster myths, the International Cryptozoology Museum at Thompson’s Point promises hours of fun.

Show More
Show Less

Portland Head lighthouse is the most famous in the state, but there are more than 60 historic examples to wander around in Maine. Further up the coast, Pemaquid Lighthouse – a quaint lighthouse, museum and art gallery – is one of the most popular. If you’d prefer to get off the tourist trail, chat to some of Maine’s local fishermen at the many harbours, where you can learn more about the lobster trade. Or you could cheat and hop on a lobster boat tour.

You can also learn more about Maine’s Wabanaki people on a guided canoe trip along the Penobscot or Kennebec rivers. Or go puffin-watching – several of Maine’s coastal islands have thriving colonies of these cute seabirds.



Show More
Show Less

Nature

Natural wonders

The final stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through Maine and ends at the state’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin. You probably won’t be able to tackle all 452 kilometres of it, but the five major waterfalls of Gulf Hagas – known as the Grand Canyon of Maine – and White Cap Mountain in ‘The Hundred Mile Wilderness’ stretch are worth squeezing into your holiday. Acadia National Park is the only national park across the whole of New England, and it’s a picture-perfect place to spot moose, falcons and other wildlife. Make your way up any of its seven peaks, including the imposing Cadillac Mountain, or stick to an easier part of its 254 kilometres of pathways.

Show More
Show Less

If you love winter sports, remote Sugarloaf is a beautiful place to ski, explore snowy trails and enjoy plenty of après ski activities. Or, if you’re seeking a coastal getaway, make tracks for Ogunquit Beach or the harbours of Portland and Kennebunkport.



Show More
Show Less

Food

Food in Maine

This state is known for its exceptional seafood, particularly its clams and lobster – so it’s only right to sample the best during your Maine holiday. A visit to a lobster pound like Thurston’s or Young’s, where you can select the tastiest crustacean, is an upscale experience. But if you don’t fancy getting to know your dinner first, Red’s in Wiscasset, Bagaduce Lunch in Penobscot, and The Clam Shack in Kennebunk are the best places to get an authentic lobster roll.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re hunting down the best clam chowder, The Clam Shack is – once again – touted as the best, closely followed by Js Oyster and Gilberts Chowder House in Portland. When you need to wash all the tasty treats down, there are nearly 50 craft breweries between Portland and Lubec. Allagash Brewing Company, just outside Portland, is a local favourite, as a variety of food trucks can be found on-site, so you can pair delicious bites with its refreshing drinks.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Maine

Summer is the most popular time for holidays to Maine. It’s the driest and warmest time of year, when temperatures rise to the mid-twenties around Portland. Nights can get very chilly, but the days are still warm enough to lounge on the beach. Autumn is a quiet time to visit, and you’ll be treated to the famous fall colours across the state’s forests. It’s the wettest season, though, so a raincoat is a must-have, even though temperatures stay in the high-teens until late October.

Show More
Show Less

In winter, temperatures plummet below freezing, but it’s a busy time for the state’s ski resorts. The cities, like Portland, can be quieter outside of the festive period, although prices usually remain high. Spring is chilly, with temperatures barely climbing out of single figures until late April. But, if you don’t mind popping on a few layers and dodging showers, most of Maine is peacefully quiet then.

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