Maine is recognized as one of the most healthful states in the United States with summer temperatures averaging 70° F and winter temperatures averaging 20° F.
The state boasts 5,500 miles of coastline, and about 2000 islands off the coast. It is about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles or about as big as all of the other five New England States combined. Within its 16 counties (which includes Aroostook County which is so big (6,453 square miles) that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island) there are 22 cities, 435 towns, 33 plantations, 424 unorganized townships and 1.2 million residents, making it the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi.
Maine also has 542,629 acres of state and national parks, including the 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park (location of Mt. Katahdin and the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.) Mt. Katahdin is approximately one mile high (5,271 ft. above sea level). Maine's 32,000 miles of rivers and streams equal to more than the combined length of the Mississippi, Amazon, Yangtze and Nile rivers.
Maine produces the largest wild blueberry crop, raising 99 percent of all wild blueberries in the US and is the single largest producer of any blueberries (wild or cultivated) in the US.
Maine is also nationally famed for its shellfish. Almost 90 percent of all American lobster are trapped in Maine.
This state is the only state in the continental U.S. to be bordered by only one other state (New Hampshire).
Maine entered the Union on March 15, 1820, as the 23rd state. Thomas Jefferson wrote portions of Maine's Constitution.
Photos and wording courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism