Once home to sea captains and known now as one of America 's Coolest Cities,” Portland is all about vibes: funky, historic, cultured and cultural. On its perch over Casco Bay, Maine 's largest urban area is bursting at the maritime seams with enough museums, boutiques, bars, and restaurants to rival any concrete metropolis. Among centuries-old brick buildings and cobblestone streets, find yourself in the middle of the action at the historic Old Port. In eyeshot of the Portland Head Light, Maine 's oldest, most photographed lighthouse, see the commercial fishing boats come and go out of Portland Harbor, and watch the crab traps being pulled out of Portland Harbor. Experience a world-class dining scene where a culinary boom has embraced seafood crudo and foie gras, but hasn 't abandoned the lobster roll. Discover Portland - a vibrant example of Maine 's singular motto: Vacationland.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Enter the natural wonderland of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Boasting an expansive landscape of nearly 300 acres of grassy fields and woodland trails, these stunning gardens are overflowing with floral hues.
Bar Harbor, ME
Explore Bar Harbor, an iconic vacation spot featuring rich blue waters and the gateway to Acadia National Park. There 's a quintessential coastal New England downtown waiting to be explored, full of cozy cafes and ice cream shops.
Acadia National Park
The first national park established east of the Mississippi, Acadia's name derives from is resemblance to a part of Greece according to explorer Giovanni Verrazano who sailed these waters in the 16th century. Carriage roads and stone bridges criscross this diverse landscape covered with lakes, waterfalls, wildlife and forests.
Choices on Tour
Choose how you want to explore the deep, tranquil natural beauty of Acadia National Park. You can admire the striking mountains, towering forests, and rocky shorelines as you drive the scenic Park Loop Road with a local guide. Or, you can choose to hop on two wheels and traverse Acadia 's winding pathways on a guided bicycle tour of the famous Carriage Roads that wind through the trees. Or, Decide which museum experience speaks to you. You can cruise through a collection of 150 antique automobiles at Owl 's Head Transportation Museum, containing vintage aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, and more. Or, if you 're more artistically inclined, you can meander through the vast selection of American artists at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, home to over 15,000 works.
Lobster Trap Pull Demonstration
Dive into the cuisine and culture of Maine when you join a local lobsterman on a lobster boat. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean and watch the cages get pulled to the surface.
Wine Tasting at Cellardoor Winery
Stop in Lincolnville, where you 'll soak in the rustic appeal of Cellardoor Winery. Housed inside a 200-year-old barn, this winery shows that even in the harsh Maine climate, you can produce wines worthy of praise.
Head to Camden for some time at leisure, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore this quintessential Maine town. Wrapped around a harbor filled with sailboats, this colorful seaside town is old-time New England at its very best.
Arrive at the oceanfront Samoset Resort in Rockport, and settle in for a two-night stay. You could stroll along the Granite Breakwater of Rockland Harbor to watch the lapping waves, or wander the many boutique art galleries.
Set out to explore the Damariscotta region, which the indigenous Abenaki people named “River of Many Fishes” for the bounty it provided them. This tidal river is home to some of the best fishing and clamming in Maine.
Get an intimate look at a working oyster farm on the Damariscotta River and learn how to dig into these local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson. Oysters have been a staple of the New Englander diet for over 400 years.
This is Maine, where rocky shores, infinite nature, and endless lobster forge a coastal New England classic. Dig in to local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson and tasting. Immerse yourself in dramatic nature at Acadia National Park. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean. Admire the picturesque Portland Head Light, Maine 's oldest lighthouse. Take part in a vintage wine tasting at Cellardoor Winery. Enjoy free time in the vibrant city of Portland. Towering mountains, delectable cuisine, and bustling harbors await you in this maritime treasure.