Maine has 228 miles of coastline dotted with charming small towns waiting to be explored.

Bath

Situated along the Kennebec River banks, Bath is a quaint coastal town with a rich maritime history. The Maine Maritime Museum is open to visitors year-round, and Bath’s historic Main Street is lined with shops and restaurants.

Popham Beach State Park is popular amongst surfers, sunbathers, swimmers, and seashell collectors.

Lubec

Lubec is home to the iconic West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. This quiet burgh is the easternmost town in the contiguous United States and offers miles of hiking trails overlooking the rugged coastline.

Camden

Camden is best known for its water activities. Visitors can explore Penobscot Bay on a lobster boat, spend the night on a historic windjammer or climb aboard the Sloop Anjacca for a scenic cruise.

Harpswell

Adventure seekers can rent a sea kayak or learn to sail in Harpswell, Maine. The Halfway Rock Lighthouse provides the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos, and the Harpswell Hiking Challenge attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe.

Machias

Every August, Machias hosts the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. History buffs should check out Fort O’Brien State Historic Site and the Burnham Tavern Museum.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is home to dozens of shops and seaside restaurants. It’s also known as the gateway to one of the nation’s most scenic parks: Arcadia National Park. A visit to Bar Harbor would not be complete without a trek to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Hiking trails lead to the summit, but less adventurous travelers can drive to the peak. The views at sunrise are unforgettable.

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is a trendy town in Southern Maine that still maintains its small-town charm. Giftshops, eateries, clothing boutiques, and bookstores line the downtown streets, and Colony Beach is the perfect place to take in the view or fish for stripers.

Ogunquit

Ogunquit is home to one of Maine’s best beaches and a bustling downtown district. No trip to Ogunquit is complete without a walk along Marginal Way, a walking path that offers staggering views of the coast.