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On vacation with kids to: Maine, USA.
The State of Maine, also called the 'Pine Tree State', is a state in the New England region of the north eastern United States of America. It is the northern most portion of both New England and the eastern United States.
The state of Maine is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east, by New Hampshire to the west and by Canada to the northwest the north and northeast. Maine is the only state that only borders only one other US state. Maine is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River. Ninety percent of its land is forested and in the forested areas of the interior there is much uninhabited land. Maine is well known for its ocean scenery with almost 3500 miles of shoreline. Jagged rocks and cliffs and thousands of bays and inlets add to the rugged beauty of Maine's coast. Along the famous rock-bound coast of Maine are lighthouses, sandy beaches, quiet fishing villages and thousands of offshore islands, including the Isles of Shoals. If you go more inland you'll find sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, green forests and towering mountains. Largest lake in New England is Maine's Moosehead Lake and Maine only national park is Maine's Acadia National Park. Millions of people have enjoyed the coastal scenery at Maine's Acadia National Park. Maine is known for its scenery but also for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams.
Maine experiences a humid continental climate with warm, humid summers. Winters in Maine are cold and snowy. The coastal areas are moderated somewhat by the Atlantic Ocean.
Maine has an estimated population of 1,321,505 (estimated in 2005). The capital of the state of Maine is Augusta and largest city with an estimated population of 63,882 is Portland.
Maine is a popular tourist destination, and most vacationers visit Maine during the warmer months. Many of these visitors establish an alternate secondary residence in Maine. Maine also is very popular among families for its great family vacation opportunities. Maine's unique coastline is one of the most beautiful in the United States and whether you prefer to listen to the crash of ocean waves or the call of loons by the lake, Maine offers it all and can be a great destination for your vacation with the kids.
Aroostook County is the largest and northernmost county in Maine. Here you'll find over 2,000 lakes, rivers, and streams. This area offers many opportunities for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and golf.
In the Downeast & Acadia area ocean shoreline meets with woodlands, lakes, and granite-domed mountains. The area offers great natural beauty and wildlife. When visiting the area you can see the greatest tide change in the continental U.S. and spot moose, bear, and other wildlife. Here you'll also find Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island. Bar harbor once was New England’s premier summer resort for the rich and famous. Today the area still offers many opportunities for boating excursions, golfing, shopping and hiking. This can be a great area to spend your vacation with the kids.
Another scenic area is the Kennebec & Moose River Valleys region. The area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, bicycling, kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking. But also cultural and historical activities can be found here. In Kennebec county, located on both sides of the Kennebec River, lies the state capital of Maine, Augusta. Augusta is rich in history and one of America's most beautiful capitals.
The Maine Highlands region has been a popular vacation for many years now. Winter activities in the Maine Highlands include great skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. The area offers fantastic year-round recreation, the highest peak in Maine and the most park land area.
The Maine Lakes & Mountains region combines a wealth of outdoor recreation with some breathtaking scenery. The area is great for both enjoying the lakes and mountains. The lakes and rivers provide a wealth of outdoor recreation and offer many opportunities for your family vacation. The mountains offer many opportunities for nordic and alpine skiing.
Greater Portland & Casco Bay offer a great mix of cultural attractions and sandy beaches, charming villages, and historic attractions. Here you can take a sightseeing cruise, experience the International Appalachian Trail, visit the oldest lighthouse in Maine or go shopping in the historic Downtown district of Portland. Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine and is Maine's cultural, social and economic capital. Popular tourist draws are Portland's historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor and Portland Head Light in nearby Cape Elizabeth. The Portland area is a popular family vacation destination. In the area you'll find Maine's unspoiled landscapes and beaches, many beautiful vistas, historical stately lighthouses, outdoor adventures and exceptional shopping.
The Maine's MidCoast region is famous for its history, charming villages, glacier-carved peninsulas and scenic views. Here you'll find inviting towns like Camden and Rockport, shop in galleries and boutiques or take a lobster cruise. Many artisans have settled here and you can visit their studios and find a unique souvenir.
The Southern Maine Coast can be a relaxing vacation destination for your next vacation with the kids too. Here you’ll find stunning scenery, wide white beaches, and pretty New England villages like Bethel. The area offers many activities for the whole family. Golf courses, beaches, boutiques, hiking, biking, fishing, sailing, pleasure boating all have their place on the coast. But you'll also find lots of shopping opportunities, festivals, cultural events, theaters and restaurants here. For spectacular views of the coastline and the fabulous homes of the rich and famous in Kennebunkport, you can take a scenic drive along Ocean Avenue.
With so many opportunities, scenic views and activities, Maine must be a great vacation spot to enjoy your family vacation with the kids.
Popular cities and towns in Maine:
Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in Maine are: Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Biddeford, Brewer, Calais, Caribou, Eastport, Ellsworth, Gardiner, Hallowell, Lewiston, Old Town, Portland, Presque Isle, Rockland, Saco, South Portland, Waterville and Westbrook.
Maine offers lots of accommodations suited for your vacation with the kids. You can take a look at the accommodations section to see what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children. Maine accommodations range from bed and breakfasts, to inns, family-friendly motels, full service hotels and resorts. Why not check out one of the campgrounds or Rv-parks Maine has to offer. Or choose a vacation rental by owner Maine style or one of the private vacation rental homes that are comfortable, clean, and spacious and friendly for your vacation with the kids. Lots of room for you and the family to spread out, prepare meals and wind down at the end of the day. Rentals range from luxury villas to family accommodations. It's all up to you, Maine has a lot to offer and is really suited for your vacation with the kids.
For the family, Maine offers animal parks and zoos, family fun parks, beaches, miniture golf, museums and many outdoor activities.
Maine Amusement and Theme Parks:
Seacoast Fun Parks
Maine waterparks and water fun:
Gulf of Maine Aquarium
York's Wild Kingdom
Other sites and tours to see on your family vacation:
Children`s Museum of Maine
Bicycle Touring statewide
Watson Settlement Bridge in Littleton
Downeast Windjammer Cruises in Bar Harbor
Jonathan Fisher House in Blue Hill
St. Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais
Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum in Eastport
Neal Dow Memorial in Portland
Desert of Maine in Freeport
State Capitol Building in Augusta
Old Fort Western in Augusta
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Boyhood Home in Casco
Shoals Marine Laboratory in Isles of Shoals
Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site in Brownville
More vacation destinations....
More usefull websites:
Maine Official State Information Website
Maine Office of Tourism