Explore Maine’s Regions
Maine is as large in area as all the other New England states put together.
Maine is about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles. Maine boasts 6,000 lakes and ponds, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 17 million acres of forest land, 3,478 miles of coastline and 2,000 islands.
The state is divided into Eight Tourism Regions, each with its own major attractions, resources and geographical features. To learn more about the regions please read the information found below relating to each of the 8 regions.
The South Coast is a region of contrasts. The quaint inland communities to the west of Portland and bustling coastal Route 1. The quiet elegance of Kennebunk and Ogunquit are only a few miles from the boardwalk of Old Orchard Beach and what has been termed “The Children’s Miracle Mile” in Saco with its outdoor amusement parks and waterslides.
Greater Portland, a four-season destination in southern Maine, offers scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and a wealth of historic and cultural attractions. Maine’s metropolitan area sits right on lovely Casco Bay, a gateway to historic forts and lighthouses. Day and night, Portland’s bustling waterfront is alive with activity and people: fisherman and ferries; sightseeing cruises and pleasure boats; restaurants and shops. A four-season recreational wonderland, Portland is surrounded by classic New England villages, wide sandy beaches and Freeport, home of renowned L.L. Bean.
Western Lakes & Mountains
Everything about the Western Lakes and Mountains Region is impressive. It boasts hundreds of crystal clear blue lakes, several rugged mountain ranges and more than enough outdoor and indoor activities to keep most people busy for days. The entire region is a paradise for those who enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, hiking, biking and any of the other outdoor activities for which Maine is so well known.
The Kennebec Valley is best known for fertile farmlands, countless lakes, streams and ponds, and the historically important Kennebec River. Outdoor activities abound, and whitewater rafting is a regular occurrence on many of the beautiful rivers that flow through this region.
Maine’s MidCoast & Islands
Maine’s MidCoast & Islands Region is defined by coastal Route 1 which skirts an irregular rockbound shoreline that changes dramatically from the southern coast of Maine. Peninsulas jut out from several spots along the Mid-coast and each contains a flavor all its own – from historic Pemaquid Point to the commercial development of Boothbay Harbor.
Downeast & Acadia
Millions of visitors each year can’t be wrong – the Downeast/Acadia Region is spectacular. Magnificent in its grandeur, the region has highlights including the famous view from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, and Bangor – once called “The Queen City” and now the commercial center of the region.
Two of Maine’s most spectacular natural assets are located within the dramatic and scenic Katahdin/Moosehead Region. The 40-mile long Moosehead Lake near Greenville, and the majestic and challenging mile-high Mt. Katahdin at Baxter State Park, attract outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Northern Maine was made for outdoor enjoyment. Highlighted by a low rolling countryside, Aroostook County offers more than 2,000 lakes, streams and rivers, and plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, golfing and canoeing. The region encompasses more than 6,600 square miles of wooded terrain dotted with thousands of acres of farmland.
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