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For a sparsely-populated state that’s still 90% forest, the Pine Tree State has an awful lot to offer its 36 million plus visitors every year looking for an escape hatch from the daily grind. World-famous for everything from moose to mountains, blueberries to bears, lighthouses to lobster rolls, island camping to endless coastlines, it’s easy to see why Maine’s slogan is the Way Life Should Be. Here are a few ways to kick off your own unforgettable adventure in Vacationland.

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1. “Go coastal” in the Kennebunks

If you want the perfect introduction to Maine’s famously adorable coastal towns, there’s no better place to start than with Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. They're neighboring small communities collectively known as The Kennebunks. The Kennebunks have a well-earned reputation for being one of the top coastal vacation spots in the state. Located in southern Maine, it’s an easy get with a high concentration of things to do and see. Stay in a charming B&B or one of the many inns, and enjoy boutique shopping on your doorstep. Luxuriate on the numerous soft-sand beaches; then dine on fresh-caught seafood in one of the many local restaurants. Be sure to check out the Wedding Cake House while you’re in town. It looks good enough to eat and is the most photographed house in Maine.

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