Maine landscape

Must-See Attractions to Experience During Your Contract in Maine!

Jul 27, 2020

Traveling professionals enjoy a number of benefits, not the least of which is being able to see different areas of the country for long periods of time. This means you get to enjoy different cultures and geographical locations almost as if you were a resident and not a tourist. 

Maine is an exciting state to visit because of the diversity they offer to their residents. There are over 30,000 square miles in the state including 3,500 miles of coastline and 6,000 lakes and ponds. The largest city in Maine is Portland and the state capital is Augusta. There are very few states that can claim as many beautiful areas to visit and exciting things to do. Here are some of the Maine attractions you may not want to miss!

Lighthouses

When you think of Maine, most people’s thoughts turn to lighthouses. The coastline is dotted with these spectacular tall white beacons of light that have helped avert many maritime accidents. The lighthouse was used in an era before GPS and other navigational devices. They served two main purposes: to illuminate the water so ships captains could make their way through hazards and fog signals to sound a warning to ships during times of low visibility. 

Maine boasts a number of lighthouses including the Old Port and Portland Head Lighthouse, which is a landmark of Casco Bay and the Portsmouth Harbor. Pemaquid Point Light is one of the most iconic lighthouses and Nubble Lighthouse is likely one of the most photographed and easiest to get to.

Beaches

With 3,500 miles of coastline, there are sure to be several beaches you’ll want to visit. Although the lighthouses sit along the coastline, they're located in rocky areas. Marginal Way and Ogunquit beaches have long sandy beaches where you can walk and watch the crashing surf. In among the rocky cliffs are smaller coves and there are a mile and a half path for walkers only running from the village to the scenic wharf's of Perkins Cove. 

Old Orchard Beach boasts an old-fashioned full-scale amusement park. Ferris wheels, carousels and bumper cars line the beach so you can enjoy the rides and see the ocean. Kennebunkport Maine may be one of the most famous little coastland towns in Maine. It continues to be a popular summer spot where tourists can see large homes of shipowners, staying quaint bed-and-breakfast, or shop in small galleries in restored dockside buildings.

Parks

Maine is not short of parks, the largest of which is Acadia National Park. This is a rugged stretch of coastline that surrounds some of the region's lakes and forests. There's a Scenic Park Loop Road that winds its way through main attractions and it's the best way to see the park by car. The park offers cyclists and walkers a network of roads and paths for all ability levels. Trails to the summit of Cadillac Mountain offer those who are willing to make the 1,530 foot hike beautiful views of the coastline and Islands. In the farthest north area of Acadia is Schoodic Peninsula where you'll find more hiking and opportunities for kayaking.

Museums

Maine is not short of museums. The Maine Maritime Museum is located in a nineteenth-century shipyard hosting an extensive collection of materials and artifacts from the old clipper ships. The 20-acre museum hosts a blacksmith shop and more than 140 Maine-related ships. The Farnsworth Art Museum has a large collection of works by artists who are connected with Maine. The museum also has a Wyeth Center. There are only two in the U.S. dedicated to displaying The Works of NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and James Wyeth, three generations of Maine artists. 

Portland Museum of Art has more than 18,000 pieces dating from the 1700s. It includes works by Dega, Warhol, Whistler, and Picasso. Victoria Mansion in Portland is an Italian-style villa with ornate woodwork and painted ceilings. It gives you a glimpse into how the wealthy in Portland lived before the Civil War. 

While not strictly a museum, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor offers you a stunning view of 270 acres of gardens that have been carefully cared for by generations of horticulturists. Walking trails and daily tours offer visitors a unique insight into the vegetation of Maine.

Are You Ready to Travel to Maine?

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