Maine

Maine is the largest state in New England. In fact, it is almost as big as the other five states combined and an amazing 90% of it is covered by forest.

Finding unspoiled landscapes and getting away from the holiday crowds is easy in this majestically scenic state known as ‘The Pine Tree State’ with it’s mountains and valleys, beautiful lakes and rushing rivers all guarded by those signature pine trees.

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Cuisine: From lobster to blueberries...eating is a hallowed, sometimes rushed, often savoured team sport here. Maine is full of talented chefs and seemingly more restaurants than a state of this size needs. That’s in part due to Mainer’s love of food, whether they’re drawing from ocean, harvesting from field, or hunting from forest.

Visit Acadia National Park. It’s still possible to feel wild here, amid the ice cream shops and slow-moving traffic. Experience a kind of raw thrill of adventure, whether you’re biking, climbing cliffs, summiting lonely peaks, or taking a lobster boat to the small islands offshore.

Gulf Hagas is Maine's largest gorge and known as the Grand Canyon of the east. One of the most unique and spectacular sights in the state, Gulf Hagas’ charm lays in the fact it’s not easily accessible: after fording a small river you have to hike in for several hours along the gorge’s rim trail – a narrow path hugging the lip of the cliffs constraining the Pleasant River as it falls several hundred feet. Highlights include the geologically unique screw auger falls, where rushing water plunges attractively into trout-laden bowls. You’ll find few other hikers on the trail, making it one of the few truly stunning, empty hikes in Maine.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Maine has more forest than any other state and the Allagash Wilderness Water is its longest stretch. The waterway refers to a chain of lakes and river running unspoiled by house, road or people and protected from development, preserving it as a time capsule unlike any other in the Northeast.

Mt. Katahdin. Maine’s largest mountain rises seemingly out of nowhere, in a vast track of land known as Baxter State Park that’s surrounded by forests and not much else, which is perfect as hiking Katahdin is a journey. Its distance from anywhere makes it a trek, but the difficulty of summiting the mountain (it’s a full days hike) heightens the experience. At the top, the Knife’s Edge will test your resolve, but the rewards are 360-degree views of what feels like the entire state.

Coastline & Colours

The real appeal of Maine is its spectacular rugged coastline – nearly 3,500 miles of jagged headlands, secret coves, charming fishing villages and peppered with lighthouses which are a Maine trademark. Here the Atlantic surges past thousands of little islands to crash on to granite rocks. Invigorating, refreshing and inspiring, that’s Maine.

Visit in the spring and autumn to experience beautiful New England foliage or in the winter when you can enjoy spectacular skiing and snowmobiling. The summer months are just idyllic and a perfect time to explore the natural beauty of the state.

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