The Mid-Coast Region: Places to Explore


  • Bangor

    The second-largest metropolitan area in the state (Portland being the largest; Lewiston has a larger population for the city itself), Bangor is about 20 miles from the coast and is the unofficial capital... Read more

  • Bath

    Bath has been a shipbuilding center since 1607. The result of its prosperity can be seen in its handsome mix of Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate homes along Front, Centre, and Washington streets... Read more

  • Belfast

    A number of Maine coastal towns, such as Wiscasset and Damariscotta, like to think of themselves as the prettiest little town in Maine, but Belfast (originally to be named Londonderry) may be the true... Read more

  • Brunswick

    Lovely brick and clapboard buildings are the highlight of Brunswick's Federal Street Historic District, which includes Federal Street and Park Row and the stately campus of Bowdoin College. From the intersection... Read more

  • Bucksport

    The new Penobscot Narrows Bridge, spanning the Penobscot River, welcomes visitors to Bucksport, a town founded in 1763 by Jonathan Buck. Bucksport was the site of the second worst naval defeat in American... Read more

  • Camden

    More than any other town along Penobscot Bay, Camden is the perfect picture-postcard of a Maine coastal village. It is one of the most popular destinations on the Maine Coast, so June through September... Read more

  • Damariscotta

    The Damariscotta region comprises several communities along the rocky coast. The town itself sits on the water and is a lively place filled with attractive shops and restaurants.... A few minutes' walk across... Read more

  • Lincolnville

    Lincolnville's area of most interest—where there are a few restaurants, the ferry to Islesboro, and a swimming beach that attracts folks from neighboring Camden and Belfast—is Lincolnville Beach. The village... Read more

  • Monhegan Island

    Simple and artful living is the order of the day on remote Monhegan Island. To get here you'll need to take a ferry. A tiny hamlet greets you at the harbor. There are no paved roads, and everywhere you... Read more

  • Penobscot Bay

    Few could deny that Penobscot Bay is one of Maine's most dramatically beautiful regions. Its more than 1,000 miles of coastline is made up of rocky granite boulders, often undeveloped shores, a sprinkling... Read more

  • Port Clyde

    The fishing village of Port Clyde sits at the end of the St. George Peninsula. The road leading here meanders along the St. George River, passing meadows and farmhouses and winding away from the river... Read more

  • Rockland

    The town is considered the gateway to Penobscot Bay and is the first stop on U.S. 1 offering a glimpse of the often sparkling and island-dotted blue bay. Though once merely a place to pass through on the... Read more

  • Rockport

    Heading north on U.S. 1, you come to Rockport before you reach the tourist mecca of Camden. The most interesting part of Rockport—the harbor—is not right on U.S. 1. Originally called Goose River, the town... Read more

  • Searsport

    Searsport is well known as the antiques and flea-market capital of Maine and with good reason: the Antique Mall alone, on U.S. 1 just north of town, contains the offerings of 70 dealers, and flea markets... Read more

  • Tenants Harbor

    Tenants Harbor is a quintessential coastal harbor—dominated by lobster boats, its shores are rocky and slippery, and its village streets are lined with clapboard houses, a church, and a general store... Read more

  • Thomaston

    Thomaston is a delightful town, full of beautiful sea captains' homes and dotted with antiques and specialty shops. A National Historic District encompasses parts of High, Main, and Knox streets. The town... Read more

  • Wiscasset

    Settled in 1663, Wiscasset sits on the banks of the Sheepscot River. It bills itself "Maine's Prettiest Village," and it's easy to see why: it has graceful churches, old cemeteries, and elegant sea captains'... Read more