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.
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 travellers. 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
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Maine
- Bar Harbor Maine
- Camden Maine
- Kennebunkport Maine
- North Conway 97 miles away
- Bretton Woods 113 miles away
- Lincoln/North Woodstock 125 miles away
- New Hampshire 130 miles away
- Sugar Hill 131 miles away
- Provincetown 150 miles away
- Boston 153 miles away
- Bennington 157 miles away
- Cape Cod 158 miles away
- Woodstock 170 miles away
- Chatham 171 miles away
- Hyannis 178 miles away
- Vermont 187 miles away
- Falmouth 190 miles away
- Nantucket 200 miles away
- Sturbridge 201 miles away
- Martha's Vineyard 202 miles away
- Burlington 202 miles away
- Manchester 205 miles away
- Newport, Rhode Island 210 miles away
- Lake George 231 miles away
- Lake Placid 239 miles away
- Lenox 239 miles away
- Saratoga Springs 241 miles away
- Stockbridge 243 miles away
- Albany 251 miles away
Photos of 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.
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.
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.
The Bayview is a haven of peace and tranquillity with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean and Frenchman's Bay, just minutes away from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
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.
Quintessential New England hideaway nestled among the trees of coastal town Kennebunkport. Luxury guest rooms and exquisite service make this the most romantic choice.
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.
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.
The Kennebunkport Inn offers 49 rooms divided between the Main Inn and the Wharfside building across the street.
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.