Maine: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Maine

Overview

Maine is the northeastern-most state in the continental United States, with a landscape defined by bountiful natural resources and lakes, streams, coastal areas, and deep forests. Nicknamed The Pine Tree State, visitors flock each year to take in the beauty. Nearly 90 percent of Maine is covered in forest, and the manufacturing of wood products has been at the core of its economy since the first European colonists arrived. 



Capital city: Augusta

Population: 1, 362, 359 (2022 est.)

Currency: US Dollar

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5)

Language: English

Emergency Number: 911

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Packing List

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Weather

PORTLAND WEATHER

Fun Facts

  • The moose is the official state animal of Maine, which is home to approximately 76,000, the highest moose population in the lower 48 states.
  • The official state insect of Maine is the honeybee. The state has a rich beekeeping culture and even has a non-profit organization, the Maine Beekeepers Association, which was founded in 1976 to promote understanding of the insect’s importance. 
  • Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.
  • 90% of the country’s lobster supply comes from Maine. Before they became the delicacy, they are today, lobsters were fed to inmates and indentured servants, or ground up and used as fertilizer, during the colonial era.
  • Portland, Oregon is named after Portland, Maine. Founded by Francis Pettygrove.
  • Maine is the only state that shares its borders with only one other US state. That state is New Hampshire.
  • Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the East Coast.
  • Maine has its own desert, which spans 40 acres outside the town of Freeport. The desert originally developed as a result of over-farming in the area.
  • The Maine Coon Cat, which is the official state cat of Maine, is the largest domestic cat breed.
  • Maine is known as “The Birthplace of Prohibition.” The state was the first to ban the sale and manufacture of alcohol in 1851.
  • Donut holes were invented in Maine. Capt. Hansen Gregory, from Rockport, Maine came up with the hole in the donut after realizing the center of the pastry was not fully cooked in the middle.

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $10-15 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5-10 per person/per day

Restaurants(full service) 

20% of total bill

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Click here for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

 

Do I need a Visa? For US travelers, no. International visitors should check with their consulates to see if they need a visa, e-visa, or waiver.

 

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com or from a provider of your choice.

 

What does public transportation look like? Maine has buses and taxis.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Yes!

Luggage Restrictions

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