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Maybe it’s the flannel-clad Lobstermen, or maybe it’s the salty sea air. Whatever it is, there’s just something about Maine. With the highest tides in the country and a full spectrum of seasons on display, Maine promises an intense sensory experience so long as you know where to look. Arcadia National Park is one of the nation’s wildest and most beautiful areas, filled with a resurging bald eagle population. Lobster dishes, and therefore lobster festivals, are a Maine staple, and shopping and eating in the quaint Kennebunkport is practically mandatory. Similarly, shoppers will want to spend some time (and money) at Freeport’s outlet stores. Need further inspiration to visit? Take a look at our picks for Maine’s must-dos:
Arcadia National Park. The park is a playground for bald eagles and those who love to observe them. Located off the central coast of Maine, the rugged granite terrain is a hiker’s dream, while the surrounding sea, with its many bays and inlets, makes for excellent sailing.
Maine Lobster Festival. Nothing says Maine quite like lobster. Celebrate the state’s premier crustacean at the annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland with harbor cruises, a parade and more lobster-inspired dishes than you can possibly eat.
Kennebunkport. The Bush family isn’t the only gang of bluebloods that flocks to this fishing village. Set at the mouth of the Kennebunk River, this arresting little town is chock-full of antique shops, Victorian inns and dockside restaurants. Although summer is the area’s busiest season, the fall foliage provides a handy excuse to visit off-season.
Freeport outlets. When in Maine, you’ll want to dress like a Mainer, and you can stock up on chinos and flannel at the famous outlets in Freeport. Along with more than 170 different stores, Freeport is also home to L.L.Bean’s flagship, a mega-store that stays open 24 hours a day.