What is Maine Known For? 23 Things Mainers Love About Themselves

Portland, Maine, USA coastal townscape.
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Written by Patrick MacFarland

Updated: October 31, 2023

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Maine is the 23rd state to enter the union. It’s also the most northeastern state in the country. But Maine is also known for so many cool things. Mainers love living there because of its picturesque landscapes and the numerous outdoor activities they can do like hiking, camping, and birdwatching. Maine’s forests are a wonder, and the coastlines are just something else!

You won’t be disappointed if you’re planning a trip to Maine. You will have so much to do that you’ll have to plan a trip back to the state. It’s no wonder that Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the US. As the 23rd state, let’s take a look at the 23 things Maine is most known for and Mainers love about themselves.

1. Maine’s Outdoors

The West Branch of the Penobscot river in northern Maine

There are 17 million acres of public land in Maine, so you can pick and choose where to go hiking, camping, or exploring.

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As the 13th least densely populated state, Maine has a lot of outdoorsy spaces for you to enjoy. It’s also known as The Pine Tree State because of its beautiful, dense forests. You can go hiking on the Appalachian Trail, explore Acadia National Park by the coast, go moose or bird watching, or rent a boat and get mesmerized by its many islands.

2. Lobsters

Whole Maine Lobster Dinner at the Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA restaurant. Steamed seafood dinner

Maine fishes about 40 million pounds of lobster every year.

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Lobsters and Maine go together like two peas in a pod. When you’re visiting Maine, you have to eat lobster. Drench it in some butter and savor the delicious crustacean. You can also eat their famous lobster bisque or lobster rolls. And if you go in early August, don’t miss out on the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.

3. Blueberries

Maine’s state berry is the blueberry and the state is the largest producer of blueberries in the world. Make sure you get a scrumptious blueberry pie; you won’t regret it! 

4. Moose

Moose hiding among the tress

There are more than 76,000 moose roaming around Maine.

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The state animal is the moose and there are so many moose in the state that you’re bound to see one in your hiking treks. Just get your camera ready so you capture these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

5. Stephen King

The most famous horror writer lives in Maine. His books and stories mostly take place in his home state, creating magical worlds filled with haunted mansions, scary clowns, and amazing twists and turns.

6. Lighthouses

Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA.

If you love ghost stories, be sure to visit Maine’s many haunted lighthouses.

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There are over 65 lighthouses in Maine, every one of them important in Maine’s maritime history. Perhaps the most famous of them all is Portland Head Light, which will offer you breathtaking views of the coast and ocean.

7. Maple Syrup

Maine is known for its maple syrup. produces more than 600,000 gallons of maple syrup every year, making it one of the top producers of maple syrup. Order some pancakes topped with blueberries and pour delicious maple syrup on them!

8. Maine’s Picturesque Coastline

View of a rocky coastline in the foreground with small vacation cottages in the background at Northport, Maine in the early morning light.

Besides the almost 4,000 miles of coastline, Maine also has more than 4,000 islands!

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Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline. The stunning views will leave you in awe every time you stop to take it all in. You can spend the day fishing, sailing along the coast, or exploring nearby areas.

9. Whale Watching

Maine’s location offers something that many inland states can’t: the chance for whale watching. The best time to see all species of whales is from April to October when they migrate along the east coast.

10. Acadia National Park

Scenic sunset in Acadia National Park as seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain

Acadia National Park gets over 2 million visitors per year.

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Maine’s only national park will not disappoint. Located on the southeast coast of the state, you can explore the park by camping, hiking, fishing, and walking along its scenic trails.

11. Winter Sports

In the winter, there are a ton of sports you can play. You can go to the state’s many ski resorts for some snowboarding or skiing. There are also ice rinks in Maine’s towns and cities for ice skating, or you can go to a frozen lake and twirl around there.

12. Kennebunkport

This seaside town is so picturesque, you’ll want to move here in a heartbeat. Check out the Goat Island Lighthouse, the Seashore Trolley Museum, or one of its gorgeous beaches while you’re here.

13. Fishing

The great part about Maine is its beautiful coast. It’s perfect for taking your family to a harbor or dock for some afternoon fishing.

14. Mount Katahdin

Mount Katahdin

With an elevation of 5,268 feet, Mount Katahdin is the northernmost point of the Appalachian Trail.

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It’s the highest mountain in Maine. You can trek up the mountain and get mesmerized by its views of the luscious forests and lakes in the distance.

15. Craft Beer

Maine has over 100 breweries, each one with unique craft beers that will blow your mind. Go ahead and even sample many craft beers with Maine’s brewery crawl, the Maine Beer Trail.

16. Fall Foliage

If you long to visit a state with all four seasons, then Maine is the state to visit. In autumn, the state offers you a picturesque view of fall colors — orange, red, brown, and yellow leaves falling on the street as you walk down cute, cozy towns.

17. Sebago Lake

Fall foliage along Sebago Lake in Maine

The state of Maine has more than 6,000 lakes and ponds.

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Located in the south of the state, the beautiful Sebago Lake is the deepest lake in Maine. It also is the second-largest lake in the state.

18. Farnsworth Art Museum

The art scene is big in Maine. For those art lovers who love American art, check out Farnsworth Art Museum. Works from Georgia O’Keefe, Louise Nevelson, and others are part of the museum’s collection.

19. Maine’s Proximity to Canada

East Grand Lake in Maine, United States, and New Brunswick, Canada

Maine is one of 13 states that border Canada.

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Maine is one of the few states that border Canada. If you want to explore some of Canada’s islands or Montreal, you can take a scenic drive through Maine.

20. Old Orchard Beach

This coastal resort town is perfect for families. There’s an amusement park called Palace Playland where the kids can have so much. You can also enjoy seven miles of beaches.

21. Sailing

Kittery Marina sunrise with sailboats - Kittery, Maine.

Maine has many boat builders that are considered to be some of the best in the world.

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Having almost 4,000 miles of coastline has its advantages. If you’re into sailing or want to go on a day boat tour, Maine is the perfect state to do so.

22. Maine’s Harbors

Maine has numerous cute harbors — with fishing boats, pontoons, and sailboats — along its coast. Drive along the state’s coast and stop by to visit any of them.

23. Puffins

Besides Maine, you can find puffins in Norway, Iceland, Great Britain, and Ireland.

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Maine is known as the only state, yes the only one, that has puffins living in the state. Watch these adorable birds at Easter Egg Rock in Boothbay Harbor. They’ll sure put a twinkle in your eye!

Fun Facts About Maine

  • Maine is the 23rd state admitted to the union; officially becoming a state on March 15, 1820
  • The governor of Maine is Janet Mills (D) and its two senators are Angus King (I) and Susan Collins (R).
  • As the 9th least populous state, Maine has a population of 1.3 million.
  • Even though Maine is the 23rd state, York, Maine became the first chartered city in the nation in 1641.
  • The US declared independence in 1776 and the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War took place in Maine in 1775.
  • Two vice presidents have been born in Maine: Hannibal Hamlin (1809) and Nelson Rockefeller (1908).

Final Thoughts

Maine is known for so many things. Enjoy Maine’s dense forests, delicious food, and craft beer, and take in its breathless views. Maine is for outdoorsy lovers, but also those that enjoy its rich cultural history. For those of you who are considering taking a trip to The Pine Tree State, don’t hesitate. You will enjoy every minute in Maine!

Summary of 23 Things Mainers Love About Themselves

1Maine’s Outdoors
2Lobsters
3Blueberries
4Moose
5Stephen King
6Lighthouses
7Maple Syrup
8Maine’s Picturesque Coastline
9Whale Watching
10Acadia National Park
11Winter Sports
12Kennebunkport
13Fishing
14Mount Katahdin
15Craft Beer
16Fall Foliage
17Sebago Lake
18Farnsworth Art Museum
19Maine’s Proximity to Canada
20Old Orchard Beach
21Sailing
22Maine’s Harbors
23Puffins


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Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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