Autumn is right around the corner and that means changing leaves, crisp weather, and apple pies. Maine is perfectly situated to really enhance the feel of fall and your Maine road trip. When you drive along its countryside roads and see the beautiful colors and scenery, you might feel like you’re living in a calendar. And it’s not just the country drives, but the 5500 miles of coastline also give you picturesque views of lighthouses and crashing waves. Give yourself a break and take a drive to enjoy the many things to do in Maine, stopping to have cider by a fireside every once in a while. Let’s go to Maine!
International Cryptozoology Museum
Maine is home to some of the more quirky unknowns in the US. Many people study or search for the elusive that include the Yeti (or Bigfoot) and mysterious lake monsters. In Portland, the International Cryptozoology Museum houses an amazing collection of specimens. Loren Coleman became interested in cryptozoology in 1960 and has become one of the world’s experts in the discipline. Becoming so interested in the idea that there may be unexplainable or yet-to-be-found animals in the world, Coleman has collected hair samples, photos, footprints, and replicas and artifacts that are on full display in his museum. When driving through Maine on your road trip, don’t pass this one by.
Timing is everything and so is height evidently. The highest point on the east coast is Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain. And just in time for your fall road trip, from October through March, its 1530 feet tall summit is the first place to see the sun rise each day. Cadillac is one of over 20 mountains in this area of Maine when millions of years ago tectonic shifts forced the topography to change. And it’s named Cadillac! You couldn’t ask for a more appropriate road trip stop!
Fort Knox State Historic Site
Located in the town of Prospect, Fort Knox is one of the best-preserved military fortifications. Maine was a very vulnerable place that took two major defeats at the hands of the British during the Revolutionary War. Fort Knox was designed and built to defend against any further major defeats. It had positioned two canons facing the river to take aim at enemy ships and provided enough cover to keep soldiers safe. The fort became a state historic site in 1923 and it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The fort is open from May 1 – October 31 from 9 a.m. to sunset.
While you’re there, make sure to visit the Narrows Bridge and Observatory. This was the first bridge observation tower constructed in the United States. At 420 feet high, you can see beautiful views of Maine and get a glimpse of Fort Knox from afar.
Ray Murphy’s Chainsaw Show
Ray Murphy is the original chainsaw performance artist. He began by writing his name when he was a child using his father’s chainsaw in 1952. He was merely ten years old at the time and still makes beautiful chainsaw art today. He uses no carving tools, just his chainsaw. And to give you an idea of his expertise, he has chainsawed the alphabet onto a regular pencil and as many as 15 numbers onto a toothpick. Ray’s Chainsaw Sawyer Artist Live Show is 90 minutes and will not disappoint.
Maine State Prison Showroom
In Thomaston, you’ll find one of the most unique museums/showrooms in all of the US. Maine’s maximum-security prisoners have been keeping busy with making crafts from dollhouses to paintings at the Maine State Prison Showroom. With quality workmanship, there are plenty of things to take home from your trip at a reasonable price. The shop is a reminder that people who are incarcerated are still people with individuality and talent. The inmates have embraced this creative outlet while building and creating high-quality goods. The showroom definitely worth the ride!
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