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The Pine Tree State

Welcome to Maine - this makes a great starting point for your road trip adventures. These links will take you to the important location websites in order for you to drill down and find the things that you are most interested in doing. You can find many historical sites and museums with tours. Cities are steeped in rich cultural offerings. Scenic by-ways give you the opportunity for sightseeing and to photograph the natural beauty that abounds in all of the United States of America.

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Day Trips in Maine

Exploring Maine is easily done with day trips using a base location such as Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Kennebunkport or many other vacation friendly areas. Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of around 66,000. It is the transportation hub of the state with The Portland Jetport, Amtrak Downeaster train station and easy access from Interstate 95. To maximize your stay you will need a car or hire a guide with Maine Day Trip Tours for a relaxing and fun way to experience it all. Let's see what is available around Portland, Kennebunkport and Boothbay Harbor.

1. Portland was called "jewel by the sea" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.. Longfellow was born and grew up in Portland to become one of the most well known American poets in the world. His boyhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, is owned by the Maine Historical Society. Take a tour of this historic home with many of the homes original furnishings. The real history of Portland, founded in 1632, can be found at the Eastern Cemetery. Spirits Alive is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of this important landmark. Their docent led tours bring the people alive to the town's historical events and landmarks. Captain Lemuel Moody is buried here. He built the Portland Observatory in 1807, the only maritime observatory left standing in the United States. The tour travels up the 103 steps to the top. It is easier than it sounds when stopping at each level to learn more about the structure and history of Portland. Visit Victoria Mansion and see the best example of Italianate brownstone in America. The pre-Cival War opulence and 90% original furnished summer home of Ruggles Sylvester Morse will leave you breathless. One more must see - Portland Head Light. This is Maine's oldest lighthouse which was commissioned by President George Washington and first lit in 1791. Located at the beautiful Fort Williams park on the rocky coast at the harbor entrance into the Portland area.

2. Less than an hour from Portland, Kennebunkport is an exciting and quintessential Maine summer town. Shopping, restaurants of all types, working artist galleries and spectacular beach and ocean views are just the beginning. It is no wonder that the George H.W. and Barbara Bush summer home is here. Stay in a historic Victorian inn for another base location option such as the Maine Stay Inn & Cottages for a very special experience. Stroll through the quaint neighborhoods and along the ocean as the day ends with awesome beauty and tranquility all around. Take the horse and buggy for a ride in Dock Square or visit history from another time at the Seashore Trolley Museum. The Seashore Trolley Museum is the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world, with a collection of over 250 transit vehicles. Be sure to ride on the 1.5 mile restored streetcar.

3. The Boothbay area of Maine is another great day trip destination with something of interest for everyone. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are gorgeous year round with 250 acres to explore. Visit the Boothbay Railway Village with antique automobile and railway exhibits. Learn all about your great grandparents mode of transportation after the horse and buggy. Sail on Boothbay Harbor or enjoy one of the other many opportunities of exploring the area.