Maine was originally part of the state of Massachusetts even though it was never physically connected to the areas further south. The state entered the Union as a separate entity in 1820, joining the United States as a "free state" as part of the Missouri Compromise.
Maine is famous for its scenery. Bordered on both the east and south by the Atlantic Ocean, many towns in Maine offer tourists breathtaking views of the jagged coastline. Other parts of the state are characterized by heavy forests cut by picturesque waterways, natural features that provide plenty of opportunity for both hunting and fishing.
Ocean fishing is also popular, with restaurants throughout the state offering freshly caught fish and shellfish. Locals particularly enjoy dishes made with native lobsters and clams, and all along the coast, charter operators are ready to provide deep-sea fishing opportunities to visitors staying in holiday homes in Maine.
Monuments to both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, both conflicts between the Americans and British forces, can be found in Maine. The state is bordered by New Hampshire as well as by the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick; in fact, Maine is the only state in the Union to extend far into Canadian territory. This means that tourists to Maine can easily cross the northern border on a day trip.
One of the best ways to see Maine is to ride the Downeaster train operated by Amtrak, which crosses a sizeable portion of the state on a daily basis.