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Top 25 Most Visited Tourist Destinations in Maine

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Acadia National Park

Home to a variety of plants and animals, Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Maine. From hiking, to guided tours, to camping, the park offers something for everyone.

Old Sow Whirlpool

Visit the largest natural whirlpool in the western hemisphere. One of five major whirlpools in the world, it has been measured at 250 feet in diameter! Though one giant major funnel is rare, Old Sow forms spectactular water patterns and turbulences that are a sight to see.

Old Orchard Beach

Here you will find Funtown/Splashtown, Maine's only slightly major amusement park. Be sure to ride Excalibur, the tallest and longest coaster in Northern New England, and the only wooden roller coaster in the State of Maine. Palace Playland is a boardwalk type kids park to keep the youngsters entertained.


If you are into winter sports, this is the place to go. Skiing and snowboarding are popular here, and the rough terrain and moguls are waiting for the experts. In the warmer months, golfing and mountain biking takes place on Sugarloaf.

Ogunquit Playhouse

The Playhouse shows popular musicals such as "Chacago," "Hairspray," "Cats," and many others. Witness amazing talent, energy and friendly people while you relax and take in a Broadway worthy show.

L L Bean Factory Store

If you like to shop, this store will not disappoint you. Many floors, thousands of items and friendly people. And they offer a "walk on adventure." An hour kayak ride to a breathtaking harbor.

Desert of Maine

Formed from a glacial outwash during the ice age, the 40 acres of desert sand dunes await you. Take a guided tour, or just a nature hike through the desert. An oddity to some, a relaxing informative stop to others.

Mount Katahdin

The tallest mountain on the US Atlantic coast, Mount Katahdin, rises 5,267 feet up and makes for a spectacular view. Hiking, backpacking and overnight camping are available.

Portland Headlight

Maine's first lighthouse, and the most picturesque location imaginable. The lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in the US. It has been in operation since 1791. Enjoy a small hike to the lighthouse and don't forget your camera!

Quoddy Head State Park

Over 480 acres of scenic trails offers hikers the chance to gaze off the rock cliffs at the ocean 80 feet below. Beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs make for a euphoric hike. The West Quoddy Head Light Lighthouse can also be viewed from here.

Bass Harbor Cruises

For an interesting tour, Bass Harbor Cruises will take you to the outer islands to learn about the people who inhabit them. Gaze at eagles, seabirds and even seals! And the captain will throw a lobster or two into a pot to teach you the finer points.

Stephen King's Home

Extremely popular and famous author Stephen King resides in Bangor, Maine. The wrought iron gate out front will assure you that you have the right house. Covered in spiderwebs, spiders and bats, this gate sits in front of what some call the perfect house for such a spooky writer. See for yourself!

Fort Knox

Fort Knox State Park in Prospect Maine was the first fort in Maine built of granite, instead of wood. The fort was designated a national historic landmark in 1970.

Drive The Golden Road

The Golden Road runs from Millinocket to the Canadian border. In May, June and September you can spot moose feeding along the road, and you also have a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin from here.

Whale Watching

Many cruises depart for whale watching daily from mid-spring through October. You may be lucky enough to spot the Northern Humpback whale, the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, Minke Whales and others. Dolphins and porpoises are also visible.

7 Wonders of God

In Houlton Maine you will find a sort of oddity. A privately owned 7 acre property which is adorned with Santa, Bigfoot, flying saucers, and dinosaurs, to name a few. The owner claims he died and God told him to make all this, so he came back to do God's will. His strange yard is the result.

Birthplace of Paul Bunyan

In Bangor maine you can feast your eyes on the 31 foot high statue of Paul Bunyan. The mythical man is supposed to have been born in Bangor, Maine. A time capsule is buried within the pedestal of the statue, which is supposed to be opened in 2084.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

Visit the only working shaker village in existence. See the peaceful, calm way of liiving that the Shakers enjoy.
Open to the public Mon-Fri.

Fall Foliage

The Maine colors in the Fall are the most breathtaking and spectacular you will see anywhere. Visit a state park, or just drive around to see colorful trees like you never imagined. This is an activity that is free and extremely rewarding.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

The bridge and observatory are the tallest in the world and the only one in the western hemisphere. Gaze from 420 feet up at all the beauty Maine has to offer. You can see for miles on a clear day. This is a must stop destination for everyone.

Belfast Bearfest

The Bearfest is a public outdoor art event where over 40 artists decorate over 50 larger than life bears. This is a hands on event and great for the kids!

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum

Stop in for a train ride, or just check out the museum and some great railroad history. Steam locomotive rides and special holiday trains such as the Polar Express.

The Maine Renaissance Faire

A yearly event that will take you back to the days of olde. Medieval costumes, games, crafters and food. Located in Lebanon.

Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium

The place to view the stars and so much more. Great hands on stop for the kids.

Mount Desert Oceanarium

Maine Lobster Museum, lobster hatchery, and marsh tour are just part of the attractions here.



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