#53 best destination in the world

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

Best time to travel: Sept-Oct
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Located on Mount Desert Island, within Acadia National Park, known as the first place in the U.S. to see the sunrise, although that is only true for a portion of the year, from October 7 through March 6

Ogunquit Beach

Best time to travel: May-June, Sept
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Large, white sand beach popular in the summer for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and sunset views

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

Best time to travel: April-mid Nov
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth
  • The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, in the Gulf of Maine
  • Completed in 1791, it is the oldest lighthouse in Maine
  • The light station is automated, and the tower, beacon, and foghorn are maintained by the United States Coast Guard, while the former lighthouse keepers’ house is a maritime museum within Fort Williams Park

Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry

Best time to travel: Feb
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Ski resort located in Newry, and one of Maine’s largest and most visited ski resorts
  • Sunday River has the most terrain among the East Coast skiing destinations, including eight different peaks
  • The resort features 135 trails across eight interconnected mountain peaks, and is serviced by a network of 18 lifts

Portland Museum of Art

Best time to travel: June-Aug
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • The Portland Museum of Art is the largest and oldest public art institution in Maine, founded in 1882
  • The Museum’s collection includes more than 22,000 artworks, dating from the 18th century to the present

Mount Katahdin and Hamlin Peak Loop, Baxter State Park

Best time to travel: June-Sept
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Highest mountain in Maine at 5,269 feet, it is within Northeast Piscataquis, and is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park
  • It is a steep, tall massif formed from a granite intrusion weathered to the surface
  • Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region and was known to Europeans at least since 1689
  • It has inspired hikes, climbs, journal narratives, paintings, and a piano sonata
  • Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail

Bass Harbor Head Light, Acadia National Park

Best time to travel: April-June
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Lighthouse located within Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island, marking the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay
  • In 1885, the U.S. Congress appropriated $5,000 for construction of the lighthouse, when it was determined one was needed at the mouth of Bass Harbor
  • Today, the house is a private residence for a local Coast Guard member and their family, but tourists can get close to the bell and light via a concrete path