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Of the vacation areas in Maine, certainly the most popular is the southern coast, where pretty towns such as Kittery, Ogunquit, the Kennebunks, and Old Orchard Beach.

North of Portland, Mid-coast Maine centers on Boothbay Harbor, and Camden provides an atmosphere either restful or lively, cultural or natural, as you like it. This is the heart of Maine's famous windjammer ports.

Farther north and east is the famous old resort of Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island. The crowds these days come to commune with the rugged beauty of Acadia National Park.

Farther along the coast is the heart of Downeast Maine, all the way to Lubec, Eastport, Calais and the Canadian frontier and Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. (See how you can make your adventure a Two-Nation Vacation.)

Finally, a smaller number of hardy souls head Inland Maine among the mountains, forests, and glacial lakes for a piece of the outdoor life. Sunday River and Sugarloaf have some of the best skiing in New England.

Seacoast

The famous "rockbound coast of Maine" is over a thousand miles (1609 km) long, and offers an endless array of beautiful vistas and charming villages and towns in Midcoast Maine, and Penobscot Bay and Mt Desert Island.

Acadia National Park is one of the few national parks located east of the Mississippi.

You can sign on for a cruise aboard a swift windjammer from Camden or Rockland.

Shopping

Antique shops and flea markets line both sides of US 1 between Kittery and Ogunquit on Saturdays in summer.

Maine's most famous store, L L Bean, in Freeport, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and many other coastal towns have large numbers of factory outlet stores.

—by Tom Brosnahan



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Bass Point Lighthouse, Mount Desert Island ME

Bass Point Light on Mt Desert Island.