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Tucking into fresh lobster, hiking coastal trails and exploring towns barely touched by time on a visit to the Pine Tree State.

Lobsters, lighthouses and laid-back coastal towns… Maine makes a relaxing seaside retreat for Americans and overseas visitors alike (just ask the Bush family, who have a holiday home here). Its rocky coastline is dotted with sandy beaches, knobbly granite-and-spruce islands, candy-striped lighthouses and waterside towns such as Bar Harbor, where you’ll find independent shops and seafood freshly caught that morning.

You could take a boat trip with a local lobster catcher to find out more about the area’s most lucrative industry. Go whale watching in search of humpback, minke and finback whales. Or, simply use Bar Harbor as a base for exploring Acadia National Park, where forested clifftop hiking trails give you a chance to see whales, otters, eagles and puffins.

However you decide to explore Maine, our specialists can help. They’ve visited the state many times and can draw on their own experiences to suggest the best ways for you to experience its highlights.

You can visit postcard-worthy New England towns like Camden and Kennebunkport, with their painted wooden houses, picket fences and white clapboard churches. Or, in the state’s largest city, Portland, you could join a food walking tour to sample fresh lobster rolls, potato doughnuts (a local delicacy) and Maine craft beer.

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Places to visit in Maine

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Maine, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Maine

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Maine, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Maine

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    Places in and around Maine

    Accommodation choices for Maine

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Maine. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Inn at Ocean's Edge, Lincolnville

      Inn at Ocean's Edge

      First Class

      Set amidst 22 acres of manicured gardens and more rugged woodlands, the Inn at Ocean's Edge provides the perfect, tranquil vantage point from which to explore Maine's coastline.

    • Pool at Harborside Hotel & Marina

      Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

      First Class

      Overlooking the Mount Desert Narrows, the Harborside Hotel affords an enviable location in town, just a 20-minute drive from the vast natural wonders of Acadia National Park.

    • Blue Nose Inn, Bar Harbor

      Blue Nose Inn

      Medium

      The original building on the site of the Bluenose Inn was constructed in 1884 as the summer residence of Mrs. William Morris Hunt, an artist's widow. The grounds feature an outdoor heated swimming pool, garden paths and panoramic views of Frenchman Bay.

    • The Bayview, Bar Harbor

      The Bayview

      Medium

      The Bayview is a haven of peace and tranquility with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean and Frenchman's Bay, just minutes away from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

    • The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport

      The Nonantum Resort

      Medium

      Dating back to 1884, Nonantum, meaning 'blessing' or 'pray', is a family-run resort situated in one of New England's best-known seaside villages, renowned for its pristine beaches and rocky shores.

    • White Barn Inn exterior

      White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection

      First Class

      Quintessential New England hideaway nestled among the trees of coastal town Kennebunkport. Luxury guestrooms and exquisite service make this the most romantic choice.

    • Lodge on the Cove, Kennebunkport

      Lodge on the Cove

      Medium

      The Lodge on the Cove is nestled on a wooded cove in Kennebunkport, and offers a relaxed Maine experience. The property features natural elements, and work by local artists, along with recently renovated modern rooms.

    • Captain Suite, The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, Kennebunkport

      The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

      Medium

      The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel sits on a prime, riverside location on the harbour side of the Kennebunk River, just steps from Dock Square in central Kennebunkport. Guests can dine at David’s KPT, helmed by celebrated Portland chef and restaurateur David Turin.

    • Kennebunkport Inn, Kennebunkport

      Kennebunkport Inn

      Medium

      The Kennebunkport Inn offers 49 rooms divided between the Main Inn and the Wharfside building across the street.