How's life in Maine

Maine - The largest New England state

Maine is the largest of the New England states (as big as the other New England states combined), in the northeast corner of the United States with beautiful scenery. 80% of the state are forested (pine forests); therefore Maine also has the nickname: Pine Tree State.

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Climate and Weather | Security | Shopping | Main sights | Tickets for attractions and activities | Portland | Baxter State Park | Hotels, Apartments and Vacation Rentals | Lobster stocks

In Maine there is over 2,200 lakes with countless banks, over 5000 rivers as well as mountains and valleys. One finds alone on the coasts of Maine 63 lighthouses, the coastline covers 5,500 miles. However, the coasts are mostly inaccessible because they are privately owned. Only 2% of the coasts are in public hands.

There are numerous islands in front of the coast. The largest of the islands is Mount Desert Islandon which the Acadia National Park is located. The roads partly follow the coastline and offer interesting views. The tidal range of ebb and flow is higher in Maine than anywhere else in the United States; in Passamaquoddy Bay an altitude difference of 8.5 m is reached.

The Capital Augusta has just under 20,000 inhabitants, is the largest city Portland with over 65,000 inhabitants. High tourist areas are the coastal regions that are populated in summer. The more inland you go, the closer you get to the wilderness.

Climate and Weather

The climate is maritime warm temperate with partly heavy rainfall. The state is smog-free and is in season all year round. The summers are pleasant with an average of 21 to 32 degrees Celsius, even at higher altitudes. Winter also brings closed snow cover, but is not extremely cold, the average temperature is 5 degrees.

The Indian Summer is experienced in the last week of September to the second week of October (from the north via west and central Maine to the coast and the south). Spring is an insider tip, because then the summer vacation in the USA has not yet started.



No particular security risks are known. As always in tourist strongholds, theft is a particular problem here too. For car traffic, the Moose (moose) a special danger zone. The animals are numerous in Maine and almost blind. Every year, several motorists are killed in collisions with these generally good-natured animals. Moose are mostly active at dawn and dusk. In spring they lick the (grit) salt from the streets.


  • Freeport is the birthplace of factory outlet shopping. It all started with the leisure clothing manufacturer L.L. Bean (still open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year;, today the entire Main Street is a mall.
  • The Outlet Mall in Kittery (SR 95, Exit 3) is considered one of the best in the US, 120 stores over a mile.
  • Taxes: The sales tax (sales tax) is 5.5%, the lodging tax (hotel tax) 7%.
  • Import regulations:: A maximum of: 1 gallon of whiskey, 1 gallon of spirits (wine, liqueur), 1 pack of beer are allowed into the state of Maine

Main sights

Acadia N.P.
Cliffs and lake landscapes offer a intense nature experience. It is the second largest number of visitors and the first national park in the eastern United States. The park covers the bulk of Mount Desert Island and offers 273 km of trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

The Park Loop Road leads past parts of the coastline, sandy beaches and coniferous forests and extends to the summit of the Cadillac Mountain (At 466m the highest point on the island and the entire Atlantic coast, known for the panoramic view of the surrounding forest and water wilderness, especially beautiful at sunset). The Thunder Hole is a rock hole with thundering surf. The Carriage Roads are a network of 70 km long former roads for horse and carts, now used as hiking and biking trails.

Maritime Museum & Shipyard, Bath
The history of the 200-year-old Bath shipyard is presented in a museum (243 Washington St.).

Windjammer Cruises, Camden
Enjoy the freedom of the seas on a giant sailor.

Maine State Museum, Augusta
The history of Maine with interesting exhibits (State House Complex, State St. - Free admission, open daily, Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Tel. 207-287-2301)

Whale watching, Bar Harbor
On boat tours humpback, finnish and others Whales as DolphinsWatch bottlenose dolphins, seals and puffins. The port of Bar Harbor is the attraction of the place (apart from that there is nothing special!), which is located at the entrance to the Acadia National Park. The tourist information can be found at the ferry terminal, otherwise the capital of the region has all the tourist facilities.

Tickets for attractions and activities

Tickets for attractions and activities in Maine can be found at


Portland is the liveliest of the cities in Maine (Casco Bay Peninsula). These are the main attractions Portland Museum of Art (7 Congress Sq., The largest art museum in Maine with works from the 18th century to the present day; works by John Singer Sargent, Rockwell Kent and Winslow Homer, as well as European impressionism to surrealism with works by Degas, Monet , Renoir, Edgar Degas, Picasso, Munch and Magritte), the theater im Portland Performing Arts Center and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The surrounding area offers 160 km of nature and hiking trails, 11 public golf courses and 124 tennis courts. To ensure that your hiking equipment is complete, we have created a checklist for a hiking vacation in the USA.

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is 137 km north of Bangor. The two highest mountains in the state of Maine can be found here. Baxter Peak is 1,605 m high, the summit of Mount Katahdin and the highest point in the state. It marks the end of the Apalachian Trail, which begins in Georgia and is 3,200 km long. State Road 159 runs through the park, but all other roads are unpaved.

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

Hotels, apartments and vacation rentals in Maine can be found at

Lobster stocks

Off the coast of the state of Maine, between 1982 and 1997, the number of aircraft laid out increased Lobster traps (lobster-traps) increased from 1.5 million to 2.7 million and thus almost doubled. The extinction of the lobster, feared by scientists, following the fate of cod, nevertheless did not occur. On the contrary: in the same time the lobster population tripled. Apparently the lobsters have arranged themselves very well. They take out the bait that the lobster fishermen have placed in the lobster traps, but they do not get caught in the nets because they are still young and slim. In this way, the baits laid out as additional food even contribute to the growth of the population.

Lobsters are Maine's most commonly drawn marine animal. When the classic sea fish such as cod and halibut were overfished in the 1990s, fishermen turned to hunting for lobsters. It is true that the traps must be sunk in the sea with bait and pulled up again individually after a few days with a winch, but the lobster catch can be done near the - safe - coast.

Due to the growing lobster population the officially prescribed lobster catches are observed less and less by the fishermen. The so-called Lobster Hatcheries, in which lobsters are bred, also contribute to this. While in nature, on average, only every fiftieth egg survives and grows into an adult lobster, the breeders have a yield of 50%. Only when the young lobsters are no longer threatened with cannibalism by conspecifics are they released from the breeding farms into the open sea. There the lobsters grow to sizes that are worth catching in five to seven years.