Maine is the northeasternmost state in the U.S. Maine is known for the state’s beautiful and spectacular rocky coastline, its nature, maritime history, lighthouses, and Acadia National Park.
You can find plenty of moose in Maine’s Baxter State Park where also Mount Katahdin is found, the Appalachian Trail’s endpoint. This post offers you some beautiful destinations to cross off your Maine Bucket list The following video shows you 30 of Maine’s more than overall 60 lighthouses.
Beautiful lighthouses are spread out along the state’s coastline, so check out, for example, Cape Neddick Lighthouse, one of America’s most photographed lighthouses, or Portland Headlight Lighthouse built in 1791.
It is situated on the south entrance of Portland Harbor in Cape Elizabeth. Visiting Portland Head Light is a must when you’re visiting Maine. The lighthouse has a very rich history going back all the way to George Washington. The following are on my Maine Bucket list. See if they’re also on yours!
1. Visit one of Maine’s lighthouses. These historic and scenic beacons to sea captains and sailors are legendary and iconic. When visiting Maine, you really should pay a visit to a few of in total 60 lighthouses that are guarding the state’s coastline in a majestic way from Kittery in the south all the way up to Bar Harbor and far beyond. Traveling along Maine’s stunning and rocky coastline is a great history-rich road trip for the entire family.
2. Enjoy Maine lobster and Clams. Regardless whether you’re deciding on a casual but delicious lobster roll at a clam shack along the road, or that you’re enjoying a steamed crustacean or a grilled or stuffed lobster at one of Maine’s waterfront restaurants, you’ll love the fresh seafood which is regarded as among the best in the world. While in Maine, you’ll find yourself very close to the food’s source. This is now really Traveling With Meaning as it’s supposed to be.
3. Discover Maine’s State and National Parks. The state offers many beautiful state parks at the most stunning beaches, on lakes, on the state’s rocky coast as well as many historic sites. Camden Hills, Two Light, Baxter, Scarborough Beach, and Popham Beach are just some of Maine’s stunningly beautiful State Parks. Arcadia National Park is Maine’s biggest national park and more than 100 years old.
Check out also the Appalachian Trail, a National Trailway that has it’s endpoint in Maine (on Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin, at more than five thousand feet in Baxter State Park). The Appalachian Trailway stretches 2,200-miles from Georgia all the way to Maine. I climbed some trails on Mt. Katahdin, and really, it reminded me of the 6-day TransRockies Run. Amazing!
4. Have some Maine Oysters or Clams. Regardless of whether you like your clams fried, steamed, or cold, Maine clams are the best. Enjoy your oyster Rockefeller-style or on the half shell at a Maine raw bar, either way, Maine’s seafood belongs to the best in the world. Of course, Maine Lobster usually gets the fame, but Maine scallops, clams, mussels, and definitely crab, are a must if you like seafood. Tip: the best Lobster Roll is still served at Reds Eats, but be prepared for a long wait…
5. Maine Beaches. The state’s beaches are the finest! Maine prides itself with countless beautiful beaches and the state’s southern coast is well-known for the beaches in Ogunquit, York, Kennebunk, and Wells. Casco Bay offers several sandy havens like Popham, Scarborough, and Higgins Beach. Mount Desert Island’s Sand Beach is a part of Maine’s Acadia National Park where the water is cold but the view unbelievable.
And when ocean beaches, waves, and saltwater aren’t your favorites, check out Maine’s rivers and lakes for freshwater fun, a great beach time, and the best boating. Now, this is (part of) MY bucket list. To read about what I did for my father’s bucket list when we went fishing in the Pacific Northwest, click on the link.