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These Ten Maine Destinations Top Our List for 2024

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Portland Regency Hotel

Old Port Portland, ME

One of the most charming and historic hotels in the Old Port district, this hotel offers an elegant and cozy atmosphere, with a full-service spa, a fitness center, steam rooms, and hot tubs. The hotel is within walking distance of many area attractions including the Portland waterfront.

20 Milk Street
Portland, ME 04101

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Portland Maine

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Waterfront Portland, ME

The Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront is a modern and convenient hotel in the heart of Portland. It offers spacious rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and luxe bedding. The hotel has a high rating for its location, cleanliness, service, and value.

321 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn

Rockport, ME

The Stawberry Hill Seaside Inn is a scenic getaway in Glen Cove, ME overlooking Penobscot Bay. It offers oceanfront lodging with private balconies, outside pool. cable TV, refrigerators, and binoculars. It is near several midcoast Maine attractions and is highly rated by travelers.

886 Commercial Street
Rockport, ME 04856

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DESTINATIONS

Maine, also known as “Vacationland”, is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty, charming coastal towns, and delicious seafood. From its rugged coastline dotted with lighthouses to its forested interior abundant with wildlife, Maine offers many top destinations to explore. With its rugged coastline, lush forests, and picturesque lakes, Maine offers something for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts to foodies to history buffs.

So, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation, an adventurous hiking trip, or a cultural experience, you’re sure to find it in Maine. For those planning their next getaway to Maine, here’s our list of the top 10 destinations in Maine that every tourist looking to explore this beautiful state should consider visiting.

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Bar Harbor

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Aerial photo of Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, nestled on Mount Desert Island in Maine, is a tourist’s dream. This picturesque town boasts a perfect mix of natural beauty and rich history. Surrounded by the lush Acadia National Park, visitors can hike, bike, or simply admire the scenic vistas. Its vibrant downtown offers quaint shops, art galleries, delicious seafood restaurants, and accommodations ranging from quaint B&Bs to luxury oceanfront resorts.

With boat tours showcasing surrounding islands and the chance to spot whales, Bar Harbor provides an authentic New England experience as well as an intimate glimpse into Maine’s coastal charm. With its combination of natural beauty and New England hospitality, it’s easy to see why Bar Harbor is a top 10 destination for visitors to Maine.

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Boothbay Harbor

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Harbor, an idyllic coastal town in Maine, is a magnet for those seeking both relaxation and adventure. Situated on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Maine, the picturesque waterside town of Boothbay Harbor offers tourists scenic ocean vistas and maritime heritage. Visitors are drawn by the charming cafes, restaurants and shops clustered along Commercial Street as well as opportunities to get out on the harbor. From windjammer cruises to whale watching tours, fishing excursions, and kayaking adventures, there are ample ways to embrace the nautical landscape.

Other attractions include the renowned Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Boothbay Railway Village. The walkable downtown with boutique shops and art galleries also features upscale accommodations ranging from cozy inns to full-service resorts. With its postcard-worthy setting, seaside activities, and vibrant community, Boothbay Harbor encapsulates the coastal Maine experience, making it a top destination for tourists year after year.

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Camden

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Light fog in morning in the inner harbor in Camden, Maine

Camden, often dubbed the “Jewel of the Maine Coast,” is a delightful blend of maritime history and natural splendor. Nestled on Penobscot Bay, this idyllic coastal town charms visitors with its picturesque harbor setting and vibrant community. Tourists are drawn to the walkable downtown filled with boutiques, galleries, craft shops, restaurants and inns, many featuring sweeping water views. From sailing excursions to lobster boat tours, there are ample ways to to get out on the bay.

Other attractions include the Camden Hills State Park, where hiking trails reward with stunning vistas. Tourists can hike up Mount Battie to relish breathtaking views of the harbor, or sail on historic schooners on beautiful Penobscot Bay. Camden’s downtown is a treat, with its classic New England architecture, boutique stores, and mouth-watering seafood restaurants. The annual Windjammer Festival showcases the town’s deep-rooted sailing traditions, attracting both locals and visitors alike. Winter sports lovers aren’t left out; the snowy Camden Snow Bowl offers skiing with ocean views.

With its traditional New England architecture, scenic vistas, lighthouses and iconic Windjammer schooners, Camden encapsulates an authentic coastal Maine experience. Its balance of small town charm, natural wonders, and cultural offerings makes this community one of the top destinations in Maine.

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Freeport

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Downtown Freeport Maine

Freeport, Maine, is a unique blend of natural beauty and shopping splendor. Most famously home to L.L. Bean’s flagship store, this town is a shopper’s paradise with numerous outlets and local boutiques offering treasures at every corner. Main Street is lined with dozens of outlet stores, boutiques, cafés and restaurants that draw visitors year-round.  But beyond its retail fame, Freeport’s charm also extends to the outdoors. Freeport boasts scenic hiking and biking trails as well as nearby sailing excursions. Tourists can browse for deals downtown before heading to nearby Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park to enjoy ocean vistas from its cliffs.

Other attractions include Freeport’s lively summer festivals, the Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary, and villages like Yarmouth and Bath worth exploring nearby. And when winter comes, the town transforms into a festive wonderland with its annual  “Sparkle Celebration” lighting up Freeport’s streets and the spirit of the holidays. Merging shopping adventures with nature’s allure, Freeport is a top destination for Maine visitors.

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Kennebunkport

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Downtown Kennebunkport Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine, nestled on the state’s southern coast, is a picture of classic New England charm. This quaint town, with its rich maritime history, offers a taste of Maine’s unique coastal culture. The Dock Square, with its cobblestone streets and historic buildings, brims with boutique shops, art galleries, and seafood restaurants, serving up the freshest catches.

Visitors can stroll along the scenic beaches like Goose Rocks or venture on a boat tour to watch playful seals and majestic whales. The town’s Walker’s Point provides not just breathtaking ocean views, but also a glimpse of the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush.

Festive times like the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude further enhance the town’s appeal, transforming it into a winter wonderland of lights, carols, and holiday cheer. Whether one’s interest is history, nature, or cuisine, Kennebunkport offers an authentic and memorable Maine experience, making it a top destination for tourists.

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Ogunquit

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Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit, Maine, which aptly means “beautiful place by the sea” in the Algonquin language, is a gem on the southern coast of Maine. This picturesque town offers visitors a rich blend of natural beauty and artistic flair. Its crowning jewel, Ogunquit Beach, boasts miles of soft sand and gentle waves, making it perfect for sunbathing and leisurely strolls.

For those seeking a more rugged coastal experience, the Marginal Way, a cliff walk trail, provides breathtaking ocean views and the occasional seal spotting. Ogunquit’s Playhouse is renowned for high-quality theater performances, bringing Broadway to Maine each summer.

The town’s vibrant arts scene is complemented by an array of galleries, while its restaurants serve delectable seafood dishes. Special events, like the Ogunquit Fest and Christmas by the Sea, further enhance its appeal. With its blend of natural splendor and cultural richness, Ogunquit stands as a must-visit destination for those touring Maine.

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Old Orchard Beach

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Aerial view of the hotel strip on Old Orchard Beach in Maine

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, offers a lively blend of beachside fun and nostalgic charm. Its iconic feature, a seven-mile stretch of sandy beach, draws sun-seekers and families eager to bask in the sun or take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby activities include charter fishing excursions, whale watching tours, kayaking adventures, and nature hikes at The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can browse the eclectic shops downtown before indulging in fresh lobster rolls or fried clams from iconic seafood shacks.

The town’s famous pier, jutting into the ocean, is a bustling hub of activity. It’s lined with eateries, shops, and entertainment venues, making it a popular spot day and night. For those seeking a bit of old-fashioned amusement, Palace Playland, New England’s last remaining beachfront amusement park, offers a mix of classic rides and modern thrills.

Evenings in Old Orchard Beach often come alive with fireworks, concerts, and lively gatherings. Additionally, nearby nature trails provide peaceful escapes for hiking and bird-watching. With its vibrant atmosphere, scenic beauty, and array of activities, Old Orchard Beach is a top destination for tourists seeking a memorable Maine experience.

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Portland

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Portland Harbor Maine

Portland, Maine, perched on the state’s southern coast, is a vibrant fusion of maritime history, artsy vibes, and culinary excellence. The city’s Old Port district, with its cobblestone streets and historic brick buildings, offers a delightful mix of boutique shops, art galleries, and waterfront dining. Here, visitors can savor some of the freshest seafood, especially the famed Maine lobster.

The Portland Head Light, an iconic lighthouse set on a rugged shoreline, stands as a testament to Maine’s nautical past. For arts enthusiasts, the Portland Museum of Art showcases both local and international masterpieces. Beer aficionados will rejoice in the city’s bustling craft brewery scene, with tours and tastings aplenty.

Ferry rides to nearby islands offer a scenic escape and a chance to explore quaint island communities. With its eclectic blend of culture, history, and coastal beauty, Portland is a must-visit Maine destination for any curious traveler.

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Rockland

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Main Street in downtown Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine, positioned along the shimmering Penobscot Bay, is a haven for maritime enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike. Proudly dubbed the “Lobster Capital of the World,” Rockland offers visitors a genuine taste of Maine’s renowned seafood, especially during the annual Maine Lobster Festival in early August.

The city’s vibrant Main Street, lined with unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants, pulses with energy and charm. The Farnsworth Art Museum, a highlight of Rockland, showcases an impressive collection of American art, with a special focus on Maine artists.

For those drawn to the sea, the Maine Lighthouse Museum provides intriguing insights into the state’s nautical history. Nearby, the scenic Rockland Breakwater leads to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, offering panoramic views of Rockland Harbor and Penobscot Bay.

Each summer, Blues music aficionados gather for the North Atlantic Blues Festival, celebrating music amidst coastal beauty. With its blend of maritime heritage and cultural offerings, Rockland stands as a top Maine destination for tourists.

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York

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York Harbor, Maine

York, Maine, located at the state’s southern tip, is a picturesque coastal town that embodies New England’s timeless charm. Beachgoers flock to York’s sandy shores, like Short Sands Beach and Long Sands Beach, to soak up the sun and revel in the Atlantic’s refreshing waves.

A standout feature of York is the Nubble Lighthouse. Perched on a rocky island, this iconic structure is a photographer’s dream, especially during sunrise and sunset. History enthusiasts can step back in time at Old York Village, where historic buildings and interactive exhibits paint a vivid picture of colonial life.

The town’s quaint center offers an array of shops, cafes, and eateries, making it a delightful spot to wander and dine. Annual events, such as the Harvestfest, infuse the town with festive energy, showcasing local arts, crafts, and foods. With its mix of natural beauty, history, and community spirit, York stands out as a must-visit Maine destination for travelers.

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