Best Places to Visit in Maine

Maine's unmatched landscape, enviable seafood scene and laid-back atmosphere have made the state a must-visit destination among New Englanders. But with one of the country's most visited national parks and inarguably the best lobster in the United States, Maine has all the makings to serve every kind of traveler. U.S. News took into account top sights, adventure, value and more, to find the state's most satisfying destinations. From outdoor hot spots to cool coastal towns and culture-packed cities, these are the Best Places to Visit in Maine. Vote for your favorites below to help us determine next year's list. Interested in seeing some of the state's top lighthouses? Check out the 10 Best Maine Lighthouses to Visit »

  • Portland, ME
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    Portland, ME

    #1 in Best Places to Visit in Maine

    Maine's biggest city is the state's cultural hub, offering plenty in the way of art, history and food. Start your vacation with a lobster roll before exploring popular attractions like the historic Old Port neighborhood, the Portland Art Museum and the city's ever-evolving brewery scene. If the weather's right, do as the locals do and travel to the nearby Casco Bay Islands for tucked away beaches and evergreen woodlands.

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    Bar Harbor

    #2 in Best Places to Visit in Maine

    Bar Harbor is small town Maine at its finest. This adorable town, widely known as the gateway to Acadia National Park, offers a village-like atmosphere and a picturesque waterfront setting worth writing home about. While here, take things slow and stroll the scenic Shore Path or the charming Main Street, where you'll find a bevy of fresh seafood, specialty shops and small art galleries.

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    #3 in Best Places to Visit in Maine

    If you're looking for the perfect beach vacation in Maine, you'll find comfort in Kennebunkport. This southern coastal town offers long, flat shorelines atypical to the craggy coastal spots you'll find along Maine's other shores. Lay out or rent a boat on the popular Gooch's Beach or, if you're looking to stay dry, take a nice long walk along the leafy Walker's Point, preferably at sunset.

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    #4 in Best Places to Visit in Maine

    Rockland is the sleepy, coastal town of your dreams. Located about 78 miles north of Portland, Rockland is all beautiful boats swaying in the harbor, compact streets lined with traditional brick and shingled buildings and long walks to lighthouses. This is the kind of place where you take things slow and go at your leisure. Visit the Farnsworth Art Museum and Center for Maine Contemporary Art to soak up even more culture.

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    Acadia National Park

    #5 in Best Places to Visit in Maine

    For truly breathtaking marine terrain, complete with rocky coastlines and lush forests, not to mention spectacular fall colors come October, travel to Acadia National Park. Acadia is home to plenty of stunning scenery, with trails that bring you to the highest point on the North Atlantic Seaboard: Cadillac Mountain. Climb the granite cliffs on the popular Precipice Trail, and for unforgettable views of the Atlantic, head to Schoodic Point.

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