Flights to Maine
Maine is a state in the north eastern USA, in the region known as New England. It’s the furthest easterly state, much of which borders Canada though the US state of New Hampshire is to the south west and the Atlantic Ocean is to the south east.
Travellers flying to Maine from South Africa will fly into the international airport in Portland, called Portland International Jetport (airport code: PWM). Flights to Maine from South Africa are indirect with two stops. Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines, South African Airways, Lufthansa, and Continental are among the airlines that offer flights to Maine from South Africa. An alternative to consider is getting a flight from South Africa to Boston in Massachusetts and then renting a car and driving in to Maine.
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The Tourist Attractions in Maine:
Maine has a lot to offer tourists and is perhaps best known as being one of the New England states and for being very beautiful in the autumn (fall) when the many deciduous trees turn into stunning golden and red colours. Maine is great at other times of the year too as there are attractive cities to walk around, rugged coastlines with lighthouses to see, dense forests to explore, and lobsters to eat!
Portland is the largest city in Maine, even so, the population is only around 65,000 so compared to many cities in the USA Portland is very small! This compact size makes it a really pleasant city to explore and during the summer you can enjoy the city on foot.
Portland is a historic city as it was first settled in 1633 and you can find historic buildings around the city from different periods in its history. The Old Port for example, has 19th century streets around it with smart boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and bars and is a fun place to do some window shopping! Other attractions in the city include the Portland Head Light and Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, Victoria Mansion and the Eastern and Western Promenades with great views and great houses!
Augusta is the capital city of Maine and is significantly smaller than Portland with a population of less than 20,000 people. As with all state capitals, Augusta has a State Capitol Building, called Maine State House, and aside from this the two other main attractions in the city are the Maine State Museum and Old Fort Western, the oldest surviving fort in North America, built in 1754.
Acadia National Park
Not only is Acadia National Park the only national park in Maine, it’s the only national park in the whole New England region.
The gateway to Acadia National Park is the village of Bar Harbor. Although only designated a village, Bar Harbor has many restaurants, bars and accommodations on offer because of its proximity to the park, making this a nice place to spend a few days.
Acadia National Park offers beautiful coastlines, forests, geology and wildlife. There are said to be over 40 species of mammals here including black bears, deer, moose, coyote, muskrats, bobcats, porcupine, beaver, chipmunks and more.
When Should You Visit?:
Maine experiences a humid continental climate which means summers are warm and humid and winters are cold. The temperature never gets really hot in Maine – the summertime average high in Portland for example is 26C (79F) in August. Winters do get cold and can suffer from severe winter storms with lots of snow, though these occur more in the northern part of Maine. Taking Portland as an example again the January high is -0.5C (31F) and the low is -11C (12F).