WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO SEE A MOOSE?
Maine's moose population is around 75,000- the largest concentration in the country next to Alaska! Moose are plentiful in the western Maine Lakes and Mountains, the Kennebec Valley, the Maine Highlands, and Aroostook County. The best (and safest) way to have a great outdoor moose and other wildlife experience is to hire a moose safari guide. You can find wildlife tours here.
WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE FOR A LOBSTER ROLL?
Fresh Maine lobster is everywhere in Maine and is harvested year-round. No matter your destination, you'll find mouthwatering lobster options, including lobster rolls, in your travels. Which dining experience is best for you depends on whether you prefer a fine restaurant, a casual sit-down place with a view, a food truck, or a rustic shack with picnic tables. Don't forget that Maine also has great oysters; the Maine Oyster Trail can help you experience it all!
HOW MUCH SNOW DOES MAINE GET?
Maine gets 50-70 inches of snow along the coast and 60-100 inches inland. This makes Maine a great place for skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking, ice fishing, tobogganing, and dog sledding. Snow provides endless ways to have fun and be active outside in the winter! Find Maine winter activities here.
WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR PUFFINS AND WHALE WATCHING?
Puffin watching season in Maine only lasts four months of the year. Trips to view typically run from May through August, with the best viewing in June and July. Find puffin trips here. The best time for Maine whale watching begins in mid-late May when hungry whales arrive to feast in local waters rich in sand eels, copepods, plankton, and fish. In October, they'll head south toward warmer seas. Find whale watching trips here.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT FOR FALL FOLIAGE?
Maine is nearly as large as all other New England states combined so there's "peak" foliage somewhere in the state from early September to mid-October, the last week in September and the first two weeks in October are peak in most locations. Find more specifics on the Maine foliage tracker.
HOW MANY LIGHTHOUSES ARE IN MAINE?
There are 65 lighthouses in Maine. Find a list of Maine's lighthouses here.
HOW MANY ISLANDS DOES MAINE'S COAST HAVE?
Maine has over 3,000 islands off the coast. There are 4,600 islands total when inland islands are included!
WHERE DOES THE SUN COME UP FIRST IN MAINE?
The first point in Maine to see the sunrise depends on the time of year. The easternmost point in the U.S. is Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec but it only sees first light around the spring and fall equinoxes. In the summer, Mars Hill in Aroostook County has that honor. October through March, Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park sees the first rays of sun.
WHICH IS THE LARGEST CITY IN MAINE?
Portland is Maine's largest city with 68,300 in habitants. This friendly, walkable city is known for it's great restaurant scene, unique shopping, and historic sites.
WHERE CAN WE GET A FISHING LICENSE WHILE WE ARE VISITING?
Fishing licenses can be purchased online at Maine.gov/ifw. They can also be purchased in person at the Kittery and Hampden North State Visitor Information Centers. Find a list of the Maine State Visitor Information Centers here.