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The state of Maine draws more than 40 million visitors a year. And judging from the number of cars along Route 1, few of them venture farther than the seafood shacks and cliff-lined beaches that define the barrier between Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. Plenty of those visitors also make pilgrimages to Freeport and L.L. Bean, but if you head farther north, you can lose yourself in Maine's isolated, sea-sprayed bliss. (Busy Bar Harbor, the gateway to Acadia National Park, is the exception to this rule.) If you need more isolation, hop into a kayak to explore the state's seemingly endless bays and coves, or charter a sailboat and point the bow toward a forgotten island. If you really want to vanish, head up to the lake-strewn hills, whose historic sporting camps and stately inns will shake the city right out of you. Maine has 17 million acres of forest, making a canoe in summer and a pair of cross-country skis in winter some of the wisest ways to get around. Ski resorts such as Sugarloaf and Sunday River, along with rafting on the Kennebec and Dead rivers, offer just enough adrenaline to make Maine's microbrews and famous blueberries taste even sweeter. Those ready to reenter civilization will be pleased by the city of Portland, whose lively bars and even livelier arts scene have helped turn some of those 40 million visitors into permanent residents.

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Acadia National Park

In the 1800s, "rusticators" like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and other Hudson River School painters fled to Maine's Mount Desert Island, dotted with 26...more

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Beaches of Maine

Yes, Maine's known for its rocky coves, but there are enough beaches to keep even a Bain de Soleil addict happy on a warm summer day. Thirty minutes south of...more

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Brews & Blue(Berries) in Maine

We're not sure what it is about cities called Portland, but the name seems to inspire superior microbreweries. The Maine version has at least seven. Take a tour...more

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Canoeing and Kayaking in Maine

Add up 32,000 miles of lakes and streams, 5,500 miles of coastline, and hundreds of lakes and ponds, and you begin to see why so many canoes, kayaks, and rafts...more

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Freeport and L.L. Bean, Freeport

Sometimes you just gotta give in to your inner materialist and buy a few things—especially when they're this darn cheap. The seaside village of Freeport...more

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Hiking, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing in Maine

Get this, Vermont and New Hampshire: Maine is as big as all five other New England states combined, which makes for boffo backcountry opportunities. Join the...more

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The Lighthouse Route

For lighthouse aficionados, driving the 400-mile length of Route 1 between Kittery (at the southern tip of Maine) and Fort Kent (at the Canadian border) is a...more

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Maine's biggest city leavens its Norman Rockwell charm with a cosmopolitan edge. Stroll through downtown (known as the Old Port District) and you'll find...more

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Sailing in Maine

Even if you don't know your bow from your bowline, you can sail the Maine coast on a Windjammer. The Maine Windjammer Association oversees a fleet of 12...more

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Seafood Celebrations in Maine

Sure, Maine's official nickname is the Pine Tree State, but it could be the "Land O' Lobster": 90 percent of these American crustaceans are caught in Maine. And...more

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