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9 Maine Roadside Attractions
Plan a visit to Maine and check out some of the state's most impressive roadside attractions. From history at the Maine State Museum, to the lucky spins at the Hollywood Casino.
1. Viles Arboretum
Make the most of your next stay in Augusta by visiting and exploring the Viles Arboretum. Open all year long, Viles Arboretum is a sprawling 224-acre paradise of lush landscapes, tranquil gardens, and plenty more – it's also home to over 300 plant species. As you plan your tour, be sure to include a stop at the Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Gardens. Viles Arboretum features free admission.
2. Maine State Museum
Augusta is Maine's capital, and with that distinction comes a wide range of historical sites to visit. One of the best, and found just off of Western Avenue, is the Maine State Museum. You'll spot it right next to the Blaine House and the Maine State House. Be sure to enjoy a tour of the Maine State Museum, though it is closed on Monday's, so plan accordingly.
3. Hollywood Casino
Just to the southwest of downtown Bangor, the Hollywood Casino at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion is a sure bet to entertain. The Hollywood Casino is the highlight of the Waterfront Pavilion, with its near 1,000 slot machines, table games, and a wealth of excellent live entertainment options throughout the year.
4. Boothbay Harbor
Especially vibrant and inviting during spring and summer, Boothbay Harbor is a must-visit roadside attraction. Drive in from nearby Brunswick and plan for a full day of fun. A hot bed of yachting activity throughout most of the year, Boothbay Harbor features the Meadow Mall – pick up some trinkets while you're here – and the Harbor Theatre. Nearby, you can also chekc out the Maine State Aquarium, a must for those traveling with kids.
5. Acadia National Park
When your time in Maine has you firmly stationed in Bar Harbor, be sure to spend some time exploring the Acadia National Park. You can find it almost directly south from downtown, and is accessed easily from Sound Drive or Eagle Lake Road – both yielding impressive scenic views. Acadia NP is home to Cadillac Mountain, and features more than 125 miles of hiking trails, designated horseback riding trails, and plenty more.
6. Hermon Mountain
There's a seemingly endless amount of outdoor fun to be had in Maine. One of the most exceptional spots for outdoor recreation is Hermon Mountain. It's just west of Bangor, accessed easily from Interstate 95. When you want to try skiing in Maine, Hermon Mountain is the spot – 20 runs, a chair lift, and even a 600-foot snow tubing park await you.
7. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
Out in the far east of Maine, near the Bay of Fundy and a short drive from Bar Harbor, the Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is yet another premier site to visit. Managed by the National Park Service, Saint Croix Island IHS features their Visitor Contact Station, where you can load up on maps, inquire about area hikes and other outdoor fun, and take pictures. Saint Croix Island IHS yields some of the most stunning and scenic views in the entire state.
8. Powderhouse Hill
Skiing offers a truly Maine-like experience during winter. Plan a visit to York this holiday season, and check out one of the state's premier skiing destinations at Powderhouse Hill. Thrilling skiers of all ages since 1939, Powderhouse Hill features three ski runs, a skating rink, and a sledding hill for the kids.
9. Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area
From Freeport, head north just a bit and check out the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area. The season in which you visit Steve Powell WMA can determine what you'll do – summer visitors can take a dip in the Kennebec River at Swan Island, while fall visitors can watch the leaves change colors along the many miles of hiking trails.