Originally part of Massachusetts, the area was the scene of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775 when American patriots captured a British ship off the Maine coast.
Later that same year, the Redcoats reasserted themselves by burning Falmouth to the ground. It would still be decades before Maine finally emerged from the shadow of Massachusetts when it entered the union as the 23rd state in 1820.
Today, Maine continues to thrive as an agricultural region famous for its lumber industry, blueberries, potatoes... and fresh-caught lobsters off the Atlantic coast. As a vacation area, summer is the high season as tourists from around New York and New England take to Maine's seacoast beaches and cool inland mountain and lake
Major tourist attractions in Maine include whale watching and sightseeing along the Portland coast
fresh cooked Maine
and crystal clear inland mountain lakes and streams (right).
Get freshly acquainted with "the city by the sea" on board the amphibious Downeast Duck Tour for a 1-hour grand tour of historical Portland as well as a plunge into Casco Bay!
For kids of all ages, head downtown to catch an afternoon of coastal whale watching. Or, for a more relaxing yet fun trip, make your way to
the Portland Headlight Museum and Park (the state's oldest) located at
Cape Elizabeth. Meanwhile, don't forget to pack a picnic lunch for dining al fresco beside spectacular ocean views at nearby Fort
DID YOU KNOW? Maine Travel Fun Facts
Moose on the loose.
• Maine is home to over 75,000 moose, more than any other state. At Moosehead Lake there are three moose for every person.
• Maine's lobster yield is 40 million pounds annually, nearly 90 percent of the nation's lobster supply.
• Bar Harbor was so named due to the bar of sand and gravel, visible at low tide, that forms across the rear of the harbor.
• Standing only 6 feet tall, Pocahontas Light located at Great Diamond Island is the smallest lighthouse in the U.S.
More about Maine tourist attractions around the Web:
Maine Office of Tourism - The big guide to the state o' Maine with information on things to do and see, hotel and restaurant guides, travel packages, interactive map, pictures, seasonal activities.
Maine's Regional Directory - Explore Maine by Region or Town - Like it says, with guides to the South Coast, Western Mountains, Mid-Coast, Kennebec Valley, Downeast & Acadia, Katahdin-Moosehead and way up north in Aroostook - with maps, hotel & restaurants, attractions & activities, event calendar, chat.