Population: Maine ranks 41st out of 50 states when it comes to population with 1,328,188 residents (according to 2011 census data)
Size: 39th largest state by area
Largest City: Portland
The northernmost and easternmost state on the East Coast, Maine is the first place in the United States to see the sunrise. Once part of Massachusetts, Maine became a state in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Maine's nickname "Vacationland" stems from the fact that the state, particularly the coast, which is very popular with summer tourists. The world famous Maine lobsters are harvested in the Atlantic Ocean all along the coast, but particularly on the Midcoast.
There is a frontier, rural feeling to Maine and the state is known for the beauty of its wilderness. Acadia National Park, one of the most popular parks in the National Park Service, attracts more than two million visitors per year. The terminus of the Appalachian Trail is also in Maine.
Maps of Maine
Top Attractions/Things to Do in Portland, Maine
Top Attractions/Things to Do in Maine
Books About Maine
A list of suggestions for travel books and websites about Maine. This article also has links to fiction books set in Maine.