You can stay for the lobster and lighthouses. Maine is known for its slogan, "The way life should be."

Maine is one of the best places to visit in the world.

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Mt Katahdin reflected in a lake surrounded by trees in Maine
Mt Katahdin is the northern end of the country-crossing Appalachian Trail © DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

1. Baxter State Park

There are 210,000 acres of wilderness in the state park. Most people go to the park to hike Mt Katahdin, Maine's highest peak.

A strenuous and day-long hike up the granite peak leads to incredible views of Maine's vast wilderness. There are miles of hiking trails, ponds perfect for canoeing and moose spotting, and several campgrounds with cabins and lean-tos.

2. Acadia National Park

One of the most popular national parks in New England is the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest peak on the North Atlantic seaboard and is located on Mount Desert Island. If you want to see the sunrise, drive or hike Cadillac Mountain.

There are many hiking trails to choose from if you want to swim at Sand Beach. You can zip along the historic carriage trails.

The Jordan Pond House is famous for its delicious popovers. The charming town of Bar Harbor has lobster on every menu.

Four young adult friends wait on the waterfront in Portland, Maine
Enjoy the lively waterfront in Portland, Maine's biggest city © Cavan Images / Getty Images

3. Portland

Portland is the largest city in Maine and is known for its lobster and seafood. There is a Lobster Cheese Crisp taco or Lobby Pop at Highroller Lobster Co..

You can start your morning with a coffee and donuts from Hifi Donuts, then walk and shop your way through the Old Port. You can get active by taking a bike tour out to the Portland Head Light. Portland has more craft beer per capita than any other city. You can enjoy a beer with the locals at Allagash Brewery.

You should bring your stretchy pants to eat in Portland.

4. Camden and Rockland

The small coastal towns of Camden and Rockland in midcoast Maine are quintessential seaside towns where the lobster is freshly caught and the old homes used to be owned by sea captains.

You can see the view of Camden Harbor from the top of Mt Battie.

The Andrew Wyeth paintings are on display at the Farnsworth Art Museum. The historic Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse welcomes ships into Rockland Harbor and is a stone's throw from where you can grab your morning coffee.

Hiker on the Appalachian Trail in the Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Hike your way around Carrabassett Valley in Maine © Cavan Images / Getty Images

5. Carrabassett Valley

The mountains of Maine are great for skiing. One of the largest ski areas east of the Rocky Mountains is located at Sugarloaf Mountain. It is the winter playground of athletes, including Olympic gold medalists. Mountain bikes zipping around the miles of downhill and cross-country trails throughout the region during the warmer months.

If you prefer a slower pace, the 80 mile network of trails with Maine Huts and trails is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Maine.

6. Kennebunkport

The seaside town of Kennebunkport in southern Maine is known for its polo shirts. The picturesque town nestled along the banks of the Kennebunk River and the rocky cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offers a plethora of water based activities.

The family-friendly Seashore Trolley Museum is a good place to look back at the past. The Abenaki means "the beautiful place by the sea" and it's located in the vicinity of Kennebunk and Ogunquit.

Shoppers walking into the LL Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, on a sunny day
The LL Bean flagship store has great deals year-round © John Greim / Getty Images

7. Freeport

There is no better place to take a selfies in Maine than the famous LL Bean Boot. Some of Maine's best outlet shopping can be found in a 20-minute drive north of Portland.

It is time to visit the surrounding state parks after you have bought your duck boots and flannel. There are many different types of flora and fauna in Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park.

One of Maine's most surprising attractions is the Desert of Maine. A hidden glacier desert was exposed due to poor agricultural practices.

8. Quoddy Head State Park

One of Maine's most famous landmarks is the easternmost lighthouse. The West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is located on the easternmost point of land in the US.

You can learn more about the Roosevelts at Campobello Island, a short drive over the border in Canada.

Woman paddling a canoe on Moosehead Lake in Maine on a sunny day
Get active or lay back and relax at Maine's Moosehead Lake © Jonmikel & Kat Pardo / Getty Images

9. Moosehead Lake

The wilderness and highlands of Maine steal the show. The largest lake in Maine is called Moosehead Lake. There are miles of hiking trails, streams for fly fishing, and a lot of watersports to be found in the area.

If you want to build a campfire and stargaze in the dark sky, you'll want to stop in Greenville. If you are lucky, you can see the stars.

10. Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Set off in a canoe on the 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway in northern Maine. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway begins in Telos and ends in the small town of Allagash in the heart of Aroostook County.

The canoe trip can take a week to 10 days depending on the season.

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