Let's face it, Maine is a beautiful state, and lots of those places are very well known, especially the tourist areas along the coast.

But the website OnlyInYourState.com has taken a look at some of the "enchanting" Maine spots that maybe you didn't know exist.

Cliff Island, Casco Bay

OnlyInYourState said of Cliff Island, just 8 miles from Portland,

There are no real overnight facilities to speak of, unless you have a lobsterman friend willing to take you in. But, come for the day if you don't.

McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, South Paris

Started in 1936, McLaughlin Gardens is operated by a nonprofit organization and is free to the pubic. For more information, click here.

Sebago Lake

OK, this one might not be a "hidden gem," but Sebago Lake is still beautiful.

Acadia Carriage Roads, Mount Desert Island

While they can be crowded in the high summer season, the carriage roads are still a great way to experience Maine's only national park.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, Seal Harbor

According to OnlyInYourState, the garden is generally only open one day per week from July-September, but it is worth the trip to see the lush greenery.

China Lake, China & Vassalboro

OK, this one is well-known to us in Central Maine. But still, it's a beautiful gem in the area.

Clayton Lake, Aroostook County

OnlyInYourState singled out Clayton Lake for great stargazing.

The lack of light pollution here will lead to some pretty special experiences.

Great North Woods of Maine

OnlyInYourState called Maine's Great North Woods "a natural playground, offering immeasurable beauty and amazing wildlife with a fraction of the crowds you'll find elsewhere."

Belgrade Lakes, Central Maine

Another area well known to Central Mainers, OnlyInYourState said the region made people "feel like they're stuck in a Norman Rockwell painting."

Rangeley Lake Region, Rangeley

According to OnlyInYourState:

Rangeley Lake is one of the most mystical places in Maine. Due to its location halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, you might find yourself feeling a bit more spiritual than usual when you're at camp by the lake.


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