Known for its breathtaking landscapes, full of traditional pine trees that cover the state, Maine is located in the extreme northwest of the Americas, making important borders with Canada and New Hampshire. The characteristic quiet, tranquil, nature-connected lifestyle attracts outdoor adventure-loving tourists.
The state offers incredible options for those who enjoy the continent and the coast, with a rocky coast of impressive beauty bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. There are also plenty of programs for those who prefer the city. In Portland, the most populated area of Maine, it is easy to find interesting places to eat, drink and buy.
Are you organizing your state tour and planning to land at Portland Airport (PWM) or Bangor Airport (BGR)? To help you on this mission, Happy Tours has selected unmissable destination tips that are sure to make your stay even more unforgettable. Come along and get ready to visit Maine!
Portland for history lovers!
Many people don't know it, but the largest and most populous city in Maine is not the capital. Portland, with its 66,000 inhabitants, is the densest and busiest city in the state, while the current capital, Augusta, is much less inhabited and very characterized by the tranquility of the countryside. For those who seek eclectic urban programs and an interesting nightlife, Portland is the right destination.
There, get to know the historical and beautiful Portland Lighthouse, built in 1971. This is the oldest lighthouse in Maine, and it is still in use. The landscape deserves appreciation and must be part of your itinerary! Don't forget to walk along the Old Port and get to know the Victoria Mansion, an original 19th century building open to visitation.
Bangor for those who love pop culture!
The Bangor region is full of affordable destinations and hosts interesting music festivals such as the American Folk Festival and National Folk. It was also home to the renowned Portland-born American novelist Stephen King. In Bangor, he has written and modeled many of his books known for their supernatural horror.
The melancholy climate and the lake houses so common in the region inspired stories like "Carrie" (1974) and "Gerald’s Game" (1992). The characteristic landscapes of the city were richly described in the celebrated "It" (1986), a book that gained a recent and important adaptation for the cinema. Anyone with courage can visit Mount Hope, the real place that inspired King in the classic "The Cemetery" (1983).
Don't miss the visit to the author's house, with its ghostly architecture easily recognizable. Guided tours of "haunted" Bangor spots can also be a good ask for those who like creepy itineraries. Don't forget, of course, to stop by the Bangor Museum and History Center, with complete collections about the region's rich past.
Itinerary through the countryside: taking the road!
To enjoy the natural beauties of this incredible state, nothing better than a road trip! It is on the road that you will find the most breathtaking landscapes, besides being a must-see opportunity to get to know the charming little towns that offer the best of Maine's peaceful life.
How about a calm and relaxed tour departing from Portland to Bar Harbor, a city known as Acadia National Park, one of the most visited parks in the United States? Choose the perfect car for your trip here at Happy Tours, prepare your luggage and embrace the adventure!
Your first stop may be the beautiful city of Freeport, great for gastronomic tours and shopping. In Boothbay Harbor, get to know a fishing village surrounded by rocks, with characteristic style. Passing by Blue Hill you will visit the little wooden houses painted in white, besides the famous blueberries plantations. Before arriving at your destination, pass by Port Knox and get to know the iconic scenario of important battles.
Are you going to hit the road? Then check out our important tips on what kind of driver's license you'll need to drive in the United States, and the necessary documents to rent a car there!