When you adopt the nickname “Vacationland,” you better be ready to back up the boast. Maine does, with a flourish.
Given its sheer size, New England’s largest state boasts an almost absurd number of attractions for those looking to get away for the day.
The state has 3,478 miles of coastline — more than California’s 3,427 — and more than 5,000 miles of coast if you include all its islands. The mainland, weighing in at more than 35,000 square miles, is more than three times the size of Massachusetts (at 10,500 square miles). Some of the more remote areas of Maine (say, Fort Kent, at the northern terminus of Route 1) may not qualify for a “day trip” from Boston, and might even be a stretch from the state’s economic hub of Portland. So, let’s establish the state capital of Augusta as our starting point (it’s also home to one of the state’s underappreciated treasures, the Maine State Museum, right next door to the State House).
The most difficult decision is deciding which direction to head. Once you make that determination, load up the family vehicle and hit the road.