Maine is one of the 50 states of the United States of North America. The state is located in the northeast region of the US and has 1,328,188 inhabitants (2011). The capital is Augusta and the standard abbreviation for the state is ME.
Main is located in the far northeast of the United States. The state is bordered to the west and south by the state of New Hampshire.
To the south, the state is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by neighboring Canada. Off the coast is the Gulf of Maine.
There are many islands along the coast of Maine.
Maine is a mountainous and hilly state. The state is part of the Appalachian Mountains.
Three regions are distinguished in the state. These are the highly articulated with many peninsulas. There are more than 1,300 islands off the coast. South of the city of Portland are sandy beaches.
North of the coastal region is the New England Upland. This area is characterized by flat land, with hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams.
West of the New England Upland are the White Mountains. This area extends from north central Maine to the southwest into the state of New Hampshire.
The highest point of the state here is Mount Katahdin at 1,570 meters, 1570 m. The part of this area that lies within the state of Maine has been officially called the Longfellow Mountains since 1958.
Lakes and Rivers
From the peaks of the Longfellow Mountains, seven major rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean. These are the Piscataqua, Saco, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot, St. Croix and the St. John.
The state, like the other states in the New England region, has numerous lakes, Moosehead Lake being the largest. Most of the state is forested.
Climate and Vacation
Maine has a humid continental climate, with significant local differences. Due to the moderating influence of the Atlantic Ocean, winters on the coast are usually milder than in the highlands and mountains.
Maine is popular with tourists for its wealth of lakes, mountains and forests.
Major recreational areas include Acadia National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine Acadian Culture in St. John Valley, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.
The coast of Maine also attracts many vacationers and holidaymakers. Major tourist centers on the coast include Boothbay Harbor and on Mount Desert Island Bar Harbor.
Besides the capital Augusta are a number of other cities in Maine: Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn, Biddeford, Sanford, Brunswick.
Scarborough, Saco, Westbrook, Windham, Gorham, Waterville, York, Falmouth, Kennebunk, Orono.
According to countryaah.com, the state of Maine is administratively divided into 15 counties. These are Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and York.
The state of Maine geographically borders the states of New Hampshire. The state borders Canada to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The capital is Augusta.
Maine Acadian Culture
For many centuries, a unique culture was created in the area around Acadia National Park, where today the major ethnic groups of the United States of America live. The area is significant not only historically, but also in terms of preserving traditional values such as customs, traditions and culture.
Acadia National Park is located in the northeastern part of the state of Maine, under whose protection is a large area of Mount Desert Island and other smaller islands located on the Atlantic coast. Today, the park occupies an area of 123 square kilometers and on its territory you will find mountains, coasts, forests and clear lakes.
Acadia Park was established in 1916, but then it was called Lafayette National Park. Here we can also find the state’s highest mountain, or rather the Cadillac Mountain, measuring only 510 meters above sea level. It is located on the Atlantic coast, in places where the “fjord” of Somes Sound also extends. Originally, this area was covered with a dense forest, but in 1947 the park suffered a large fire, after which birch, gray aspen and cherry trees began to grow here.
The irresistible attraction of this park is the proximity of the forest and the Atlantic Ocean at the same time. Here you are surrounded by beautiful and untouched nature, the sandy beach of Sand Beach beckons for swimming. However, the water here is only 13°C even during the hottest summer days. For warmer water, you need to head to Echo Lake Beach. One of the most beautiful seasons in Acadia National Park is autumn and midsummer, when the local forests turn into a colorful palette. During autumn, the red and orange colors of the maples, the golden and yellow shades of aspens and green birches mix together here.
A scenic route known as the Loop Road leads from the coast. Heading into the countryside, it passes the picturesque wooden Jordan Pond Gate House, built in 1932 by John D. Rockefeller. Jordan Pond, which was formed by the action of a glacier, is undoubtedly an interesting place. It is quite deep and on its northern edge there are two round peaks called Bubbles. Many wild animals such as gray squirrels, beavers, black bears, foxes, moose and wolves have chosen the park as their refuge. We can also find a large number of interesting and rare plant species here.