Few states hold as many state symbols as Maine. Further north than any other state, all mentions of Maine conjure images of dense forestry, untamed wildlife and unforgiving sea cliffs. The state is shrouded in mysticism and charm but it lives up to its reputation. Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Maine is the moose. These animals inhabit the dense forestry in Maine and number in several thousand.
Maine's primary attraction remains its flora and fauna. Unlike the rest of the country, Maine's natural barriers lend its wildlife and scenery a distinct characteristic- one that attracts several hopeful visitors to the state annually. All of the state's natural wonders are protected within Acadia National Park- a large reserve that includes all the highlights in Maine, including a skyline filled entirely with the state's famous pine trees. Maine is known nationally for its picturesque lighthouses that litter its high cliffs.
These include The Old Port and Portland Head Lighthouse, a tourist hotspot to interact with Maine's fishing communities and natural wonders. Other famous lighthouses to explore include Pemaquid Point Light which graces Maine's quarter coin and West Quoddy Head, iconic for its dramatic colour scheme. Existing in tandem with the bustle of Maine's fishing communities are its scenic coastline attractions. Marginal Way and the Ogunquit Beaches are famous for their sheltered and intimate coves surrounded by fishing towns that hold their own pieces of culture and history.
Old Orchard Beach is another magnet for visitors. Maine additionally features several islands that draw visitors for their getaway experience and tranquil scenery including Monhegan Island, a charming isle with cobblestones and old houses. While Maine's natural beauty leaves you spoilt for choice, its curated list of museums provides for a dramatic appreciation of the arts including the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Maritime Museum.
The best time to visit Maine differs throughout the year with each distinct season bringing a new range of exciting indoor and outdoor activities. You'll keep coming back to catch a glimpse of Maine's moose, dominating pines and panoramic lighthouses.
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