Maine is an amazing and one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the United States. It shares its borders with New Brunswick, the Atlantic Ocean and New Hampshire. This place has an abundance of natural beauty to offer. People who are adventurous by nature can go skiing to the Sunday River or if you want to surrender yourself to nature, you would for sure fall in love with the breathtaking Mutnomah Falls. Rejuvenate yourself at the spa or just tour around to see the whales at the Bar Harbour. Maine also has some of the best restaurants where delicious and mouth watering sea-food is served. Maine is covered with a lot of greenery and the Maine Travel guide is an overview to this amazing land.
|Maine State Official Language(s)||None
(English de facto)
|Maine State Demonym||Mainer|
|Maine State Capital||Augusta|
|Maine State Largest City||Portland|
|Maine State Largest Metro Area||Portland-South Portland-Biddeford|
|Maine State Area||Ranked 39th in the US|
|- Total||35,385 sq mi
|- Width||210 miles (338 km)|
|- Length||320 miles (515 km)|
|- % water||13.5|
|- Latitude||42° 58′ N to 47° 28′ N|
|- Longitude||66° 57′ W to 71° 5′ W|
|Maine State Population||Ranked 40th in the US|
|- Total||1,318,301 (2009 est.)
|- Density||41.3/sq mi (15.95/km2)
Ranked 38th in the US
|Maine State Elevation|
|- Highest point||Mount Katahdin
5,268 ft (1,606 m)
|- Mean||591 ft (180 m)|
|- Lowest point||Atlantic Ocean
0 ft (0 m)
|Maine State Before Statehood||District of Maine|
|Maine State Admission to Union||March 15, 1820 (23rd)|
|Maine State Governor||John Baldacci (D)|
|Maine State Lieutenant Governor||None|
|Maine State Legislature||Maine Legislature|
|- Upper house||Senate|
|- Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Olympia Snowe (R)
Susan Collins (R)
|U.S. House delegation||Chellie Pingree (D)
Michael Michaud (D)
|Maine State Time Zone||Eastern: UTC-5 / -4|
|Maine State Abbreviations||ME US-ME|
|Maine State Website||http://www.maine.gov|
Earlier, Maine was a part of Massachusetts. Later, in the year 1820, it was announced as an independent state. It became the 23rd state of the United States of America but its border was still not decided until 1842. It is believed that before Columbus discovered America, a group of 30 sailors explored the Maine Coast. In the year 1607 in Popham, Plymouth Company was the first settlement to have settled in this area. This is around the same time when other settlements came into existence like Virginia and Jamestown.
In the 18th century, there were only half a dozen survivors left in Maine. At this time, Massachusetts came up which brought this territory into existence. Then in 1920, Maine got separated from Massachusetts and became an independent state.
There are a lot of wonderful places to see in Maine like:
The largest city in Maine is Portland. This city has many shops where people can purchase some unique stuff. Portland is known to have some of the best restaurants like the famous Di Millo’s Floating Restaurant that serve delicious sea-foods like lobster. There are many night clubs and bars where people can go. Other than these, there are museums for children.
The Moosehead Lake Region is known for kayaking and canoeing. People who love the outdoor natural beauty can always find interesting things to do here. Mount Katahdin is famous for hiking and the Black Frog is known to have amazing cuisines.
People who plan to visit Maine during summers, can always opt to spend their time at the Old Orchard Beach. This place has some fun rides for children, entertainment, cotton candy, water surfing not forgetting the delicious fried dough. You wouldn’t go disappointed as this place has a lot to offer for everyone.
The Bar Harbour is well known for the Acadia National Park. People can involve themselves in a lot of activities like cruising along the Maine coastline, seeing beautiful galleries and indulging in some good food. You can shop for gifts and souvenirs that you can take for your friends and family back home.
The Eastern Maine coast is covered with more than 70 lighthouses. This area is known as the ‘’Down East’’ in Maine. These lighthouses were a saving grace for many ships and fishermen. The West Quoddy Lighthouse and the Eastern lighthouse in the United States of America are known to receive the first rays of the sun in Maine. The two most popular lighthouses in Maine are the Portland Head Lighthouse and the Cape Neddick Lighthouse also known as the ‘’Nubble Light’’ which attract a lot of tourists. A few other popular lighthouses in Maine are the Jonesport and the Machias Lighthouse, the Petit Manan and Narraguagua Lighthouse, Acadian Lighthouse and the Swans Island Lighthouse.