The beautiful state of Maine lies in the easternmost reaches of the United States, bordering on the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick. Its rugged coastline is dotted with picture-perfect lighthouses, fishing villages and sandy beaches, with an interior covered with lush forest, towering mountains, and mirror-like lakes.

Maine is the largest state in the New England region, creating a wide expanse of sparsely populated wilderness. The original inhabitants of the area were Native Americans of the Algonquin, while the French settled in 1604. Over subsequent years, control of the area was fought over by the English, French, and the Americans, evidence of which remains in the large number of historic forts still standing.

Strong Acadian and French Canadian heritage is still felt in the Acadian Village in Aroostook County and other parts of central Maine, while the coast boasts a fierce maritime history. The warmer months bring a flood of holidaymakers to Maine and summer homes pepper the landscape. With plenty of outdoor activities, this is the nature lover and outdoor enthusiast's paradise.

Maine experiences harsh winters, though this brings its own charms as snowboarding, skiing, and snow-shoeing replace the summer activities of canoeing, kayaking, camping, and hiking. In true New England style, autumn brings a festival of colours to the foliage and spring is a riot of blossoms. The Acadia National Park, on Maine's Mount Desert Island, is home to a variety of wildlife and birdlife.

History buffs can enjoy plenty of historical sites, including visits to the house of poet Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow. Food lovers can feast on Maine's fine seafood and blueberries while exploring the capital Augusta and the bustling city of Portland. Big, beautiful, and charming, Maine is well worth discovering from top to bottom.