This iconic Maine city is easy to fall in love with. From historical landmarks such as the Portland Head Light, the Victoria Mansion, and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House to cultural hubs such as the Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Symphony Orchestra—not to mention an awesome concentration of restaurants and breweries—it packs some major appeal.
4. Maine Maritime Museum
Pull off in Bath to soak up the state's rich nautical heritage at this long-standing museum, which includes a preserved boatshop and a shipyard housing a full-size sculpture of the Wyoming, the grandest wooden schooner in history (and built here in Bath in 1909).
5. Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site
Tap into the Maine coast’s deep past at this impressive pile of oyster shells along the Damariscotta River, accumulated some 1,000 to 2,200 years ago by native peoples.
An even larger shell midden, the Glidden Midden, can be seen across the Damariscotta River. Visitors can learn how the middens were once much larger, what happened to them, and how preservationists are working to hold on to this part of Maine's history today.
6. Farnsworth Art Museum
This outstanding museum in Rockland houses a 15,000-piece strong collection focused on American art from the 1700s to the present, especially works by Maine-associated artists.