Must See Place in Maine

The state of Maine is one of the go-to destinations for tourists from all over North America.  Why?  Let’s start with the 3,500 miles of beautiful coastline with plenty of sandy beaches.  Maine also has more than  million acres of forests and mountains for the avid camper and explorer.  The scenery of this vast state is dotted with more 6,000 lakes and ponds filled with fish.  In Maine you can find something for everyone and the culture of the people here makes the trip worthwhile.  Be sure to schedule your trip around some of the festivals that take place throughout the season.

Visitors who flock to Maine every summer leave with fond memories of their trip to this beautiful state.  Like any other tourist destination there are a couple of spots that tourist flock to every year.  These are some of the places that a first time visitor should add to their bucket list.  If you want to make the most of your next trip to Maine here are some of the must-see places you will need to check out.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine offers up the perfect mix of history combines with some charms of the present.  The city is one of the central business hubs of the state, making it home to modern industry but the city has retained the charm of years gone by.  There are beautifully restored Victorian homes along the Western Promenade.  You should also visit the Maritime Signal Tower and the Portland Observatory, it is the last of its kind in the country.  Portland has a pretty rich culture too, if you want more than just beautiful beaches then try the symphony, the ballet or one of the many art shows around town.  Here are some other things to do.

Beaches and Shoreline

While Portland is a ton of fun and a great place to take a day or two and do some shopping or take in a show, that’s not why most people come to visit this fair state.  People come here to enjoy the beaches.  Miles of white sands on the Atlantic, with charming lighthouses dotting the coastlines.  There are endless activities to do on the beaches and you can create some treasured family memories along the coast of Maine.

Check in with Maine Tourism to see which festivals and activities will be going on before you plan your next trip.  You can find places to camp, hotels and where to get the best seafood on the east coast!

Maine is a Great Place to Live All Year Round

People flock to Maine for the natural beauty, it has an incredible coastline, mountains, lakes and quaint towns that make you feel like you’re always welcome.  There is a reason that Maine is referred to as “Vacationland”.  You may have spent your summers there fishing and swimming but Maine is a great place to live all year round.

The Friendliness of the People of Maine

The friendliness of the people of Maine is something you have to experience to understand.  As you go about your day you will meet helpful shop keepers and genuinely friendly employees that will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and help you find whatever you need.  After the horrific ice storm hit the state back in 1998 line crews came from all over the country to help restore the power and were amazed by the hospitality they received here.

Only about half of the current residents in Maine were actually born and raised there so you tend to find many people in the same predicament as you, a newcomer in a new town.  This may explain why people tend to be so warm and welcoming.  Remember that at most of Maine is very rural so you’re new arrival will be noticed by neighbors so don’t be surprised when they drop by and say hello.

The Honor System

Maine has one of the lowest crime rates in the country so if you’re looking for a safe place to raise a family then Maine is ideal.  Random violent crime is virtually unheard of and the entire state sees 15-20 homicides per year whereas the city of Detroit sees one every day.  In some of the smaller towns in Maine the local store is open even when staff aren’t there, you can buy a bag of potatoes and leave your money in a can…can you imagine doing that anywhere else?

These aren’t the only perks to making Maine your permanent home, here are some more.

  • No more dealing with the drought/flood cycle that you find in other states, Maine actually has pretty stable weather. Summers rarely see temps above 90F and winters are milder than upstate NY, MI or most of the Midwest.
  • No more sales tax at LL Bean
  • Stephen King lives here
  • Maine has 4 very distinct and incredible seasons, you get completely new scenery every 3 months, the summer flowers, the changing leaves in fall, the pristine snow drifts in winter and spring flowers seeking the sun.
  • You get to live where other people go on vacations…how cool is that?

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