- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Maine, USA
Maine has a rich maritime tradition that continues today with fishermen and others making their living from the ocean waters. At least 60 lighthouses still stand along the coast, reminders of when these beacons, and the lighthouse keepers who manned them, saved the lives of sailors at night and during storms. You can tour Maine lighthouses by car, or take a cruise along the coastline to see some of the more famous beacons, such as the Burnt Island Light (maine.gov).
Whether you eat them broiled whole or served up on lobster rolls, Maine lobster is worth a visit. The state celebrates lobster with festivals and feasts, and almost every town has a lobster restaurant or more. Though Maine ships lobster all around the world, you’ll find it at its freshest right here in its home state. In addition to lobster, you can enjoy oysters, clams, halibut, cod and other fresh seafood.
Moose are everywhere in Maine – primarily in the names of businesses and decorating signs. But Maine is also home to plenty of wild moose, as well. The moose is the official state animal in Maine, and if you go hiking, camping or riding in the woods, particularly in the northern part of the state, you have a good chance of seeing moose, as well as bald eagles, black bears, lynx and other wildlife. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine has more of these animals than any other state east of the Mississippi River.
Maine started out as part of Massachusetts, one of the original 13 colonies of the United States, and has a rich history related to shipbuilding, whaling and the Revolutionary War. If you’re a history buff, you’ll find plenty to explore in Maine’s many museums, which celebrate everything from shipbuilding to food. Visit Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum (rayesmustard.com) in Eastport or the Penobscot Marine Museum (penobscotmarinemuseum.org) in Searsport.
Maine offers outdoor recreation year-round. Summers are mild, making hiking, camping, boating and exploring trails on ATVs a pleasure. Maine’s 3,500 miles of coastline and 6,000 lakes and ponds offer lots of opportunities for paddling a kayak or canoe. Falls brings hunters to stalk the woods, more camping and the glorious colors of fall foliage. In winter you can ski, snowmobile and ice fish. Springtime the weather starts to warm, bringing good hiking weather, birdwatching, wildflowers and the beginning of boating season.