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It's hard to disagree with Maine's state license plate which confidently decrees "the way life should be". Welcome to the great state of Maine! From the pristine wilderness of the conifer and hardwood forests that cover 895 of the state, to the magnificent rocky coastline of the north, to the long sandy beaches of the south, Maine is truly a scenic wonder.  Picturesque lighthouses and quaint fishing villages add to the natural splendor of the coastline. Majestic homes of 19th century sea captains, many with their original widow's walks, grace the seaside towns.Its rugged, lighthouse-dotted shoreline in the very north-eastern tip of America separates the Atlantic Ocean from an interior patchwork of lakes and dense forests. Inhale the head-clearing aroma of pine trees in the North Woods forest made popular recently with television reality shows.. More than 2,000 artifacts will tell you the story of this wild region at the Maine State Museum in Augusta, the state capital.
There is so much that Maine has to offer both the tourists and the residents.  Maine isn't just about beautiful scenery and wilderness. Maine's history and economy have been linked to vast timber reserves and to the sea; in this case, the Atlantic Ocean. The abundance of timber served the state well as Maine became noted for its shipbuilding in colonial times. The first ship built and launched in western hemisphere was the Virginia, launched in 1607. Shipbuilding continued to flourish in Maine as the manufacture of wooden ships gave way to iron and steel. The first atomic submarine, the Swordfish was built in Maine. On the other end of the scale, Maine produces more canoes than any other state in the union.
Agriculture in Maine is a big deal too. Maine's blueberry harvest is the largest in the nation, yielding almost all the low bush blueberries grown in the United States. Potatoes are a major product of Maine, growing well in the cool north.   We don’t believe anyone can forget about the world famous Maine Seafood.  Maine is famous for delicious shellfish, especially clams and the Maine lobster.  Maine's yearly lobster catch is larger than any other state.
Maine truly is vacationland -and- worthy of your visit.  It is a state that you will quickly want to call home due to the warmth and charm of the amazing people that live and work in this state.  Maine’s four seasons are very distinctive and will leave a warm memory in your heart.  

More than 60 lighthouses dot the scenic coast of Maine and nearly half of them are open to the public during summer months. By taking a trip along Maine’s coastal Route 1 and exploring the rocky shores and peninsulas along the way, visitors can experience a true sense of Maine’s maritime heritage by discovering its lighthouses. Perhaps there is no better way to view a lighthouse than from the water. The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport offer lighthouse cruises.  See more Maine Lighthouses!

Maine Lights the Way!

Downhill/Nordic Skiing - With gradual trails for beginners, some of the steepest terrain in New England for experts, world-class super-pipes, exciting terrain parks, glade skiing and state- of-the-art grooming and snowmaking, Maine’s mountains have something for everyone. SKI!

Maine Winter Sports - Downhill Skiing!

Windjammers - A perfect way to see and explore the more than 5,000 miles of Maine’s beautiful coastline is doing so by water. All along Maine’s coast there are opportunities for tour boat excursions, sailing trips, and cruises lasting anywhere from one hour to one week. One of the most unique ways to cruise the coast is aboard one of Maine’s historic windjammers. Maine is the only place in North America with such a large, historic fleet of traditional sailing vessels.  Windjammer cruises offer an experience of a lifetime as you visit tiny fishing villages, explore islands and lighthouses, view whales, seals and puffins up close, or relax accompanied by dramatic scenery and salt air. You can even help the crew sail the ship if you choose.   Maine Windjammer Association!

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Ride the Wind in Maine

The Maine Island Trail is a 375-mile waterway extending from the New Hampshire border on the west, to Machias Bay on the east. The trail winds its way along the coast, through protected saltwater rivers and quiet bays, and among islands large and small. It includes over 180 islands and mainland sites along the route.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a long-distance paddling trail connecting the major watersheds across the Adirondacks and Northern New England. Of the 740-mile trail, 347 miles are in Maine offering canoeists and kayakers a plethora of paddling adventures.

Maine’s 281 miles of the Appalachian Trail are generally considered the most challenging of all fourteen states. Lakes, streams, and bogs abound, and moose and loon sightings are common. See More Maine!

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