Attractions January 14, 2022
The 12 Best Hidden Gems In Maine To Visit In 2022, One For Each Month Of The Year
Tucked up north, Maine is sometimes overlooked by those who live in other parts of the country. But, of course, we all know that it’s a must-visit if you love nature, history, food — and adventure. While Maine as a whole can be considered a hidden gem, there are plenty of spots within the state that are overlooked… but worthy of attention. For the best hidden gems in Maine, check out this list of our favorites. You can visit one every month of the year to be sure you’re seeing the best of the state.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
January: Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville
Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
When the weather is cold, considering spending some extra time indoors. In January, plan on visiting this museum, which is part of Colby College. Overlooked sometimes, it's definitely worth a visit!
February: Jameson Tavern, Freeport
Jameson Tavern, 115 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032, USA
Jameson Tavern, Freeport
February is a great time to spend some time inside. Add some history into the mix with a visit to this hidden pub in Freeport. Known as the "birthplace of Maine," this is where Maine was signed into statehood! You can learn more about it
March: The Entire Solar System, Presque Isle
March might have some nice days as we inch closer to spring, but it's safe to assume we'll be dealing with some snowy days. To see the state despite the cold, plan on hopping into the car to explore the country's best (or only!) scaled model of our solar system. Created by the University of Maine, this is a fun thing to follow. You can learn more about it
April: World’s Largest Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor
Paul Bunyan Statue, 519 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401, USA
We aren't completely sure if this is the largest Pau Bunyan statue in America, but our gut tells us that honor belongs to Minnesota. Regardless, Maine's lumber history gives us some ability to claim him as an icon. Check out the statue by visiting the park across from the Civic Center.
May: Wiggly Bridge, York
Wiggly Bridge, 57 Barrell Ln, York, ME 03909, USA
The sun is (finally) out, the sky is blue, and life is grand because warm weather is just about here. Celebrate it by making your way to York to hop across the unique Wiggly Bridge. Learn more about it
June: Bar Island Trail, Bar Harbor
Bar Island Trail, Maine, USA
Warm weather has arrived and that means getting outside in some of Maine's most beautiful places. Head to Bar Harbor to take the Bar Island Trail which is only accessible during low tide. Just be sure to time things right or you might get stuck on the other end!
July: The Bold Coast Scenic Byway
Jump in the car and take in more of the state by enjoying one of Maine's most beautiful road trips. We love this one for July because there are plenty of spots to pull over and take in the bright greens of summer. You can learn more about the route by checking out
August: Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve, New Harbor
There are still some weeks left of summer here in Maine and this is the time to make the most of it. Hit the beaches, but make sure to give the state's coastal tidepools from attention, too. You can find them up and down the coast during low tide. This one is great for kids because it's easy to make it to the pools. Fun fact: this is where Rachel Carson gathered specimens to research her book, "Edge of the Sea."
September: Cascade Falls Trail, Saco
Dunn Falls, North Oxford, ME 04261, USA
This trail is a great one for warm weather while the leaves are changing. Head here in October to take it all in. The route leads to two different waterfalls which doubles your dose of beauty! You can learn more about it
October: Carousel Horse Farm, Casco
Carousel Horse Farm, 69 Leach Hill Rd, Casco, ME 04015, USA
There are plenty of farms throughout Maine, but we love this one because they offer a fall foliage horseback ride that's great for taking in the beauty of the season. You can learn all about it
November: Maine State Prison Showroom, Thomaston
Maine State Prison Showroom, 358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861, USA
The holidays are almost here and we love the idea of shopping local. To make it extra-special head to this unique shop stocked with hand-crafted goods straight from Maine's prisons. You'll be amazed by just how intricate and beautiful these items are. You can learn more about it
December: Augusta West Kampground Lights, Winthrop
Augusta West Kampground, 183 Holmes Brook Ln, Winthrop, ME 04364, USA
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday season in Maine, but this is one of our favorites. It's beautiful, but it's also one of the newest on the scene. In 2021 they had more than 200,000 lights and we can only imagine they'll match that in subsequent years. You can learn more about it
What are some of your favorite hidden gems in Maine? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out!
The overlooked spots are great, but don’t ignore the ones that are heavily visited. They’re popular for a reason!
The decadent breakfast plates at Becky’s Diner in Maine will have your mouth watering in no time. Address: Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr, Waterville, ME 04901, USA Address: Jameson Tavern, 115 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032, USA Address: Jameson Tavern, Freeport Address: Presque Isle, ME, USA Address: Paul Bunyan Statue, 519 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401, USA Address: Wiggly Bridge, 57 Barrell Ln, York, ME 03909, USA Address: Bar Island Trail, Maine, USA Address: Milbridge, ME, USA Address: Dunn Falls, North Oxford, ME 04261, USA Address: Maine State Prison Showroom, 358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861, USA Address: Carousel Horse Farm, 69 Leach Hill Rd, Casco, ME 04015, USA Address: Augusta West Kampground, 183 Holmes Brook Ln, Winthrop, ME 04364, USA