You know a few things about Maine. There are lobsters, lighthouses, and beaches. There are stunning national parks, rugged coastline, and the end of the Appalachian Trail. But there’s also enough unexpected wonder peppered across the Pine Tree State to warrant a proper line-up.
For example, did you know Maine has its own “Grand Canyon”? Or that the state is home to a (somewhat) naturally occurring desert? Did you know there were museums dedicated to collections as niche as wooden bird-carving and umbrella covers? Have you heard of the massive model solar system built by Maine high schoolers that spreads across 40 miles? From antique railway rides to Stephen King’s mansion to the largest (and perhaps most handsome) Paul Bunyan Statue on earth, there’s a lot you don’t know about Maine—yet.
You can check out the list below to learn about some of the state’s most marvelous sites, but to really experience that one-of-a-kind Maine magic, you’ll have to come see it for yourself.