A state that takes pride in its woods and wilderness, Maine is aptly nicknamed "The Pine Tree State." Because of the density of wooded areas, Maine's sparse human population stays mostly in the coastal regions, which are well known for lobster, fish, and a wide assortment of shells.
The state's attractions are its natural beauty. The foliage is spectacular during the "Indian Summer" and autumn months. Located in the coastal area, the Acadia National Park is a 35,000-hectare reserve of rocks, hills, lakes, mountains, islands, and forests. The Great North Woods are home to moose and other wild animals. Other spots worth visiting are Chesuncook Lake, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and Baxter State Park with 5200-foot Mount Katahdin. More than 60 lighthouses add charm to the Maine landscape and draw thousands of tourists every year. Visitors may indulge in whale watching or seek solitude in the lonely forest of the North Maine Woods. Weather can change without warning, so hikers are warned to dress in layers, aside from arming themselves with a map and compass.
Maine offers lake and ocean swimming, surfing, hiking, camping, bicycling, sea and river kayaking, whitewater canoeing, and snowmobiling. Places for skiing are the Black Mountain, Eaton Mountain, Lost Valley, Mt. Abram, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Squaw Mountain Resort, among others.
Freshwater seafood is plentiful. Maine is known throughout the US for its shellfish. It is also reputed to produce the best—and the most—blueberries in the US. Beer is of the highest quality, and is available from a number of breweries in Portland such as the Allagash Brewing Company, and Casco Bay Brewing Company, among others. Other cities have their own popular breweries too.
Major cities of Maine include the state capital, Augusta, Portland, the largest city, Bangor, Lewiston, a large industrial town, Bar Harbor, Sanford, Brunswick, and Auburn.