Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park

New England's only national park turned 100 in 2016 – it's a fine-looking centenarian. Within its borders are impressive coastal landmarks and great visitor activities.Drivers and hikers alike can thank John D Rocke…
Top Choice Gardens in Boothbay Harbor

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

These magnificent gardens are one of the state's most popular attractions. The verdant waterfront kingdom has 270 acres, with groomed trails winding through forest, meadows and ornamental gardens blooming with both …
Top Choice Museum in Bath

Maine Maritime Museum

On the western bank of the Kennebec River, this wonderful museum preserves the Kennebec's long shipbuilding tradition with paintings, models and hands-on exhibits that tell the tale of the past 400 years of seafarin…
Top Choice Park in Portland

Fort Williams Park

Four miles southeast of Portland on Cape Elizabeth, 90-acre Fort Williams Park is worth visiting simply for the panoramas and picnic possibilities. Stroll around the ruins of the fort, a late-19th-century artillery …
Top Choice Lighthouse in Rockland

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Tackle the rugged stone breakwater that stretches almost 1 mile into Rockland Harbor from Jameson Point at the harbor's northern shore. Made of granite blocks, this 'walkway' – which took 18 years to build – ends at…
Top Choice Museum in Rockland

Farnsworth Art Museum

One of the country's best small regional museums, the Farnsworth houses a collection spanning 200 years of American art. Artists who have lived or worked in Maine are the museum's definite strength – look for works …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Rangeley Lake

Height of Land

The expansive view of island-dotted Mooselookmeguntic Lake, the largest of the Rangeley Lakes, as it sweeps north toward distant mountains is astounding. Views of undeveloped forest stretch for up to 100 miles; you …
Top Choice Mountain in Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain

Don't leave the park without driving – or hiking – to the 1530ft summit of Cadillac Mountain. For panoramic views of Frenchman Bay, walk the paved 0.5-mile Cadillac Mountain Summit loop. The summit is a popular plac…
Top Choice Museum in Bethel

Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

The biggest thing to hit Bethel in years, this well-designed geology museum is still a work in progress (scheduled to open sometime in 2017) but a preview gallery and store are open in the meantime. The goal is to c…
Top Choice State Park in Camden

Camden Hills State Park

With more than 30 miles of trails, this densely forested park is a choice place to take in the Midcoast's magic. A favorite hike is the 45-minute (half-mile) climb up 780ft Mt Battie, which offers exquisite views ov…