Maine: The Pine Tree State

Maine is the largest of the New England states (with a total area equaling that of all other states combined) and is located in the Northeastern part of the United States. 90 percent of the state’s area is covered with pine forests, the reason it is also called the Pine Tree State. The state has 2,200 lakes with countless shores, more than 5,000 rivers, as well as mountains and valleys. 63 lighthouses can be found on the coast of Maine, the coast line has a total length of 5,500 miles. The beaches are mostly off-limits, though, since they are privately owned. Only 2 percent are open to the public.

The capital Augusta has a population of just over 20,000, but the largest and liveliest city is Portland. Main attractions are the Portland Museum of Art, the biggest art museum in Maine with works of art from the 18th century until today. These include works by John Singer Sargent, Rockwell Kent and Winslow Homer, as well as works ranging from European Impressionism to Surrealism with works by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Edgar Degas, Picasso, Munch and Magritte.

One important tourist attraction in Maine is the Acadia National Park that was established in 1929. The only National Park in New England is one of the ten most visited in the US with more than 2 million visitors a year. Located on and around Mount Desert Island it has coast lines as well mountains up to 470 meters (1542 feet) in height that offer an excellent view of the island with its little lakes and countless other little islands. Main is famous for its Indian Summer. Green, yellow, orange, red and brown leaves combined with clear blue skies and a rise in temperature to 20°C (68° Fahrenheit) all come together. This combination of nice weather and bright colors is popular among Mainers and tourists alike for walking, hiking, and vacations.

Also other places along the coast of Maine attract tourists. There are sandy beaches in the South of the state in places such as York, Ogunquit, Wells Beach and Kennebunkport. The water temperature, however, doesn’t rise above 12-14° Celsius (54-57°Fahrenheit) even in summer. Further North are mainly rocky beaches. Main agricultural products are seafood (the Maine lobster is famous), poultry, eggs, potatoes, dairy products, livestock, blueberries, and apples. Industrial products are paper, timber and furniture, electronics, foodstuffs, leather, and textile products.