The Vikings are believed to have discovered Maine 1,000 years ago.
Maine is the only state that shares its border with only one other state. Maine also borders one country – Canada
Maine is the only one-syllable state in the US.
Maine looks good for over 200 years old. Maine was admitted into the Union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.
Maine is the northeastern most state, Eastport is the most eastern city, West Quoddy Head is the most eastern point in the US – the first place to see the morning sun rise.
Maine is most famous for… Lobster and harvests the majority of the lobster in the United States at 90 percent with a yield annually of over 100 million pounds, Maine lobster is a $1 billion industry generating 4,000 jobs.
Maine Lobster is healthy for you!
Maine produces 90% of US blueberries and is the state’s official berry. Broccoli and potatoes are top Maine crops too…
Maine is the top producer of US toothpicks, over 90%!
Maine is rich in gems – among the biggest zinc and copper deposits in the country plus tourmaline, amethyst, topaz and garnet.
Most people think of the White Mountains as New Hampshire, but Maine is home to a portion of the 800,000 acres White Mountain National Forest – the largest alpine area east of the Rocky Mountains.
The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off Machias, Maine in 1775.
Portland was originally Maine’s state capital, in 1832 the capital moved to centrally located Augusta and is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
York, Maine, was America’s first chartered city in 1641.
Nelson Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor, Maine 1908.
Maine’s 16th county – Aroostook County is bigger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined!
Maine is bigger than the five other New England states combined at 33,215 square miles, though Maine’s population is among the lowest at 1.3 million
Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline more than California (3,427), and over 5,000 miles of coast if you include all of the islands as well. Only Florida and Louisiana (mostly bayou) have more miles of coastline. Maine’s coastline has so many deep harbors it could provide anchorage for all the Navy fleets in the world.
Maine has over 32,000 miles of Rivers and Streams and over 6,000 Lakes and Ponds.
Maine is home to many of the best boat builders in the world: Hinckley, Sabre, Back Cove, Duffy, Morse Yachts, Egg Harbor, Calvin Beal, Robert Stevens, Old Town Canoe, Downeast, LL Bean, Atlantic, and The Landing School.
The first ship built by English colonists in Americas was launched on the Kennebec River in 1607.
Maine contains 542,629 acres of state and national parks.
Acadia National Park was established in 1916 and is over 100 years. The park has mountains, beaches, islands, the only fjord in the eastern US, miles of Atlantic shorelands, 125-miles of hiking paths, and 50-miles of carriage roads for biking which John D Rockefeller Jr. funded the majority of Acadia National Park’s carriage roads and trail systems between 1915-1933. It’s one of the most visited U.S. National Parks, with over 2 million annual visitors.
Maine’s state flower is actually a Pine Cone… hence the nickname Pine Tree state with the official state tree being the White Pine.
Maine’s State Bird: The Chickadee
Maine’s official insect is the honey bee.
Maine’s State Fish: Landlocked Salmon
Maine’s State Animal: The Moose – Maine has more Moose per mile than any other state, over 75,000 moose, second only to Alaska.
Maine’s highest point is Mount Katahdin at 5,268 feet above sea level. Maine’s lowest point is sea-level- that’s a joke people.
Maine’s largest lake is Moosehead at 117 square miles, 39 miles long, with 350 miles of shore.
Maine was first colonized in 1620, York was America’s first chartered city in 1641, but Maine didn’t become the 23rd state until 1820.
Freeport is the home to the L.L. Bean Company founded in 1912. It’s open 24/7/365 (the first retail clothier to do so) and is founded on the principle of guaranteed hunting and fishing attire.
Maine has 65 lighthouses. Maine has over 4,600 islands in the Atlantic and bays, lakes and ponds.
Maine has many Haunted Inns and Lighthouses.
Maine food is world-famous. Bon Appetit named Portland Maine the Top Restaurant City 2018.
Author Steven King, famous US horror story writer, is a resident of Bangor.
Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara summer at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport.
Maine is perfect for those that don’t love hot summers with an average summer temperature of 70 degrees. The average winter temperature is 20 degrees.
Maine is comprised of 16 counties, 22 cities, 435 towns, 33 plantations, 424 townships and 3 Indian reservations.
Maine should be on your Vacation Travel Bucket List…see our Guide to Visiting Maine!