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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Maine

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park encompasses everything from pine-covered forests to the pink granite peaks of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Peer over the craggy coastline to rugged peninsulas and the endless islands beyond.

ME, 207-288-3338,
Tags: family | editor pick | things to do | outdoors | wildlife | national park

Desert of Maine

Besides the lush pine trees and babbling brooks flanking this 300-acre stretch of desert, the intriguing sand anomaly in Freeport, Maine, just west of the southern coast, has all the trappings of the Sahara: vast expanses of soft sand, disagreeable soil, and even higher temperatures than those found in the rest of the state. A glacier created the massive sand deposit about 11,000 years ago, and today it’s a bona fide tourist attraction, with 30-minute tram tours of the sandy expanse, hiking trails, and camping facilities located in the neighboring pine forest

95 Desert Rd., ME, 207-865-6962,
Tags: editor pick | things to do

Explore Portland

Hop on a narrated trolley tour, visit the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and wander through classic works at the Portland Museum of Art. Finish the day with a evening concert at L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park.

Tags: editor pick | live entertainment | art | things to do | culture | history | museum

Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center

The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center offers a nationally recognized collection of American art including works by members of the Wyeth family, Thomas Eakins, Fitz Henry Lane, and Maurice Prendergast, many of whom created works inspired by Maine's jagged coast.

16 Museum St., ME, 207-596-6457,
Tags: editor pick | things to do | museum

Fryeburg State Fair

Dozens of New England towns hold agricultural fairs this time of year, but this is our favorite. The 8-day festival, held in the first week of October, dates all the way back to 1851.

Tags: festivals and events | editor pick | things to do

Hartstone Inn

Indulge in an exquisite, five-course meal in charming French-country surroundings. Celebrated chef Michael Salmon serves only the freshest “regional seasonal” fare, such as herb-crusted haddock with grilled caponata, and ends each evening with a decadent soufflé.

41 Elm St., ME, 800-788-4823,
Tags: luxury | editor pick | smart splurge | things to do

Maine Eastern Railroad

Gaze out at boat-filled bays, pastoral farms, and lush woodlands as you ride the rails through coastal villages aboard a vintage, Art Deco-era rail car. Service begins in May and runs through the fall, with holiday trains in December.

Mid-Coast, Pleasant & Union Sts., ME, 866-637-2457,
Tags: editor pick | things to do | history | train

Maine Quest Adventures

Spot moose, bald eagles, Canadian geese, whitetail deer, and other critters on a guided backwoods tour of the Mount Katahdin wilderness. Locals recommend Millinocket native “Bub” Davis for both humorous insights and reasonable rates.

Maine Highlands, 2062 Medway Rd., ME, 207-746-9615,
Tags: editor pick | great value | things to do | outdoors | tour | wildlife

Sail on Schooner Elenor

Help work the four towering sails or simply watch them flutter as you glide through the capes off Kennebunkport. When you pass Walker’s Point, raise your binoculars for a closer look at the Bush family compound.

docked at Arundel Wharf Restaurant, ME, 207-967-8809,
Tags: romance | sailing | editor pick | things to do | tour

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