The state of Maine is one of the smaller states in the United States, and is a part of the greater region of New England which lies in the north east of the country. Best known for its amazing coastline, which is a spectacular backdrop that is perfect for a road trip, there are also some very interesting places to visit as well. If you are looking for a little quirky or alternative attraction to work into your Maine road trip itinerary, then here are a few to give you some inspiration, but make sure that you give yourself plenty of time on your trip, in case you see some interesting places advertised along your route.
Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport
This museum is one of the oldest museums in the region, having been founded in 1939 when a number of people with a passion for the trams of the region saw that increasing numbers were being decommissioned in favor of motor buses and coaches. Today you can see over 250 different trams, rapid transit trains and trolley buses at the museum, although only around twenty are fully operational.
Fort Knox, Prospect
Overlooking the town of Prospect, Maine this is the other Fort Knox, and is a military fort which was built, but never actually saw any battle action. There are a few historic pieces of artillery that are kept in the fort, while it is an interesting place to explore that looks significantly more modern than many other military forts.
The House Of Stephen King, Bangor
The world's most famous author has written extensively about Maine in his books, and those who take a road trip through the state will find that it certainly seems spookier if you are reading a Stephen King novel during your trip. He still lives in Bangor, and his home is mainly notable for the spooky fence which is decorated with bats and ghoulish figures on top of the fence itself. Suitable for a real legend of horror fiction.
Moxie Museum, Lisbon
Moxie is a carbonated soda soft drink which is mainly found in the New England area, and inside a grocery store in Lisbon is this museum that is packed with different products and merchandise promoting this local beverage. One of the highlights is that the owner actually produces small batches of Moxie ice cream, as well as offering a wealth of anecdotes about the drink.
Eagle Lake Tramway
Located in a remote part of northern Maine, this site has the remains of an old steam powered system that was used to transport timber through a water channel to the northern end of a railway, from where the timber would then be carried south. Today the remains of the steam boilers are rusting gently, while there are also two stranded steam trains that are surrounded by woodland and look like they will never again reach full steam, but are still an interesting sight to see, becoming almost eerie if you explore the grove in the mist or drizzle that is common in this part of the world.
There is nothing like a large version of an unusual item to make for a quirky attraction, and Eartha is the world's largest rotating globe. This remarkable depiction of the earth is located within a building with plenty of light, with the globe then being illuminated in the evening. The globe takes around a minute to rotate completely and is around twelve and a half meters in height.
Umbrella Cover Museum, Portland
This will certainly bring a smile to those who appreciate the mundane, as the collection of over 1,300 umbrella covers is the project of Nancy Hoffman of Peaks Island in Portland. The museum also has occasional exhibitions, while the tours which are hosted by Nancy will often be accompanied by a musical performance on the accordion!