The state of Maine is an outdoor splendor. It’s unique with more coastline than California, most of which are off-shore islands. There are few residents, about 1.3 million, but plenty of visitors. A trip here will not leave you disappointed. Here’s a coastal tour, similar to The Eastern Trail, a 65-mile route from Kittery to South Portland for walkers, cyclists and equestrians. However, this journey was made via car.
Kittery. It is just across the bridge from New Hampshire. In fact, it’s home of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. It is a nice introduction into the state with seafood restaurants in plenty, small shops and the big tourist attraction, outlet malls.
York. Known as a summer resort town it lives up to the name. There are four beaches, including York Beach, three golf courses, York Village, Mount Agamenticus and famous Cape Neddick. Cape Neddick is home of the famous Nubble Light House, it is definitely the highlight. The structure was built on a “nub” of land a few yards away from the observation area. Protecting those at sea since 1879, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ogunquit. It means “beautiful place by the sea,” named by the Abenaki Indian tribe. This town is one to visit, it is indeed beautiful. The main part of town is full of boutique shops and restaurants. The area includes Perkins Cove Harbor. Once a fishing village it’s now complete with restaurants, shops, art galleries and artists who take full advantage of the scenery. It’s also the start of Marginal Way path that goes right through town.
Kennebunk. Meaning “long cut back”, is a small community adjacent to Kennebunkport. It has the one of a kind wedding cake house, three dog friendly beaches and a self-guided walking history tour called Museum in the Streets.
Old Orchard Beach. A beach resort community and a big tourist attraction in the state. It’s like the Coney Island of the New England States. Dubbed “garden by the sea” in the early 1600’s it has become a must-stop for visitors of Maine. Between the shops, pier, restaurants, rides and attractions you’re sure to have fun.
Cape Elizabeth. Cape Elizabeth is known for the Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It sits on the shore of Fort Williams Park, it offers hiking trails, recreational areas, historic structures, picnic and great views of the ocean. Visitors can enjoy Battery Keyes and Goddard Mansion.
Portland. It looks like a movie set from the 1600’s and is the largest city in Maine. Located on a peninsula in Casco Bay and is known for it’s fishing port and waterfront. Shop at specialty stores, choose from a ton of restaurants, or hit the port.
The coastline from Kittery, the most southern part of Maine to Portland is divine. This Eastern Trail Tour put a dent in Maine but the state has so much to offer from seafood to blueberries and everything in between. It’s good to talk about it but you just have to go see for yourself. Visit Maine.
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