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10 best things to do in Maine
From moose spotting to seaside hikes to craft breweries, here are the top travel experiences in the state nicknamed “Vacationland.”
Car license plates in Maine bear the slogan “Vacationland.” It’s a fitting nickname for the northernmost state in New England, where 3,500 miles of rocky coastline, dozens of historic lighthouses, and bird- and moose-filled wild spaces draw around 15 million visitors a year. Here are 10 of the top ways to experience it.
Sample craft beers in Portland
Dozens of craft breweries jostle for space in Maine’s biggest city. Sip suds in converted industrial buildings or bars constructed from shipping containers along Washington Avenue or around the Bayside neighborhood. Amid neon light sculptures, Bellflower Brewing Company pours fragrant pale ales and strong barleywines. Nearby, Rising Tide has a big beer garden for pints and elevated bar chow like panko-crusted chicken sandwiches.