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Experience the Natural Wilderness of The Maine Highlands

The Maine Highlands Map

The Maine Highlands, nestled in the center of the state, is located just north of The Kennebec Valley. With the city of Bangor as its center, this Maine region features popular destinations such as Mount Katahdin and Moosehead Lake. In terms of size, the area is almost as large as Massachusetts. See the highlighted area on the map on this page for reference.

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The Maine Highlands is an incredible escape from the rush of everyday life. Perfect for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers, the area is home to vast wilderness and thousands of acres of majestic terrain. This area is one of the best places in the state to spot Maine’s state animal, the amazing moose, or hike, bike, ride, swim, or sightsee until your heart’s content. The Maine Highlands also provides plenty of indoor entertainment and activities. The area is made up of five vibrant regions—each offering an array of things to do and see.

Get your visit started with a trip to the heart of the The Maine Highlands, the Greater Bangor Region. The most urban of all local areas, Bangor is ideal for those looking for a cultural, yet contemporary experience. Visit the largest children’s museum north of Boston. Or learn about Bangor’s most visible national historic landmark at Thomas Hill Standpipe while taking in the breathtaking views of the city from the promenade deck. You’ll learn that, at one time, Bangor was the world’s largest lumber port with over 150 sawmills operating along the Penobscot River (the longest river in the state of Maine). There’s also plenty of nightlife and fun for adults. Try your luck at the slot machines or stop by the poker room at one of Bangor’s hottest destinations, Hollywood Casino. Or visit one of the city’s pubs or brew houses, many featuring locally crafted beers and ales. With easy access to Interstate 95, Route 15, Route 9, and other major roadways in the state, Bangor is a great place to stay and explore the Highlands and other parts of Maine.

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Immerse Yourself in the Natural Wonder of The Maine Highlands:

My favorite spot in The Maine Highlands region is Moosehead Lake, there is no other place as beautiful. Not overdeveloped. Quiet with breathtaking scenery. And of course, lots of Moose for the Moose lovers out there.

–Cheryl C., Fountain Valley, CA

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