Maine is a state located in the region known as New England, in the north-east of the United States of America. It is the very northern portion of New England and the eastern extreme of the USA. Maine, which became the 23rd State of the Union on 5th March 1820, is famous for its coastal landscape, its forests and its unique cuisine.

To the south and to the east, Maine makes borders with the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and north-east it makes borders with the Canadian province called New Brunswick. To the north-west, it is neighbor with the province of Quebec from the same country. Maine is the northernmost and largest state in New England, representing almost half of surface of this historical region.

Maine is also the only U.S. state that borders only one state (New Hampshire, to the west). Maine is the easternmost U.S. state, both as an extreme point, and as a geographical center. Eastport is the easternmost city in the U.S. and Lubec is the easternmost town. Estcourt Station is the northernmost point of Maine and the northernmost point of New England too. As you can see, there are many places to visit in Maine.

When you go and visit Maine, please take a look over Moosehead Lake. It is the largest lake located entirely in New England. Lake Champlain lies between Vermont and New York, so only Moosehead Lake respects this criterion. Mount Katahdin is the northern peak of the Appalachian Trail, which starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia, but Mount Katahdin also represents the southern end of the new International Appalachian Road, which once completed will lead to Belle Isle, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Maine also has other unique geographical features. Machias Seal Island and North Rock, placed beyond the extreme eastern point, are claimed by the U.S. and Canada. They also are one of the four regions still in dispute and one of them contains land. In this area you can also visit Old Sow, the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.

The list of touristic attractions that you must see if you visit Maine continues with the Mississippi River. It is nicknamed the “Pine Tree State”, because ninety per cent of its land is forested. You should not forget about Acadia National Park, which is the only national park in New England. Among the protected areas there are: Appalachian Road, The Acadian Culture “Maine”, in John Valley, Roosevelt Campobello International Park near Lubec and the international sit Saint Croix Island, in Calais. Visit Maine and you will be impressed!


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