Visit Augusta, Maine’s capital, to appreciate the history and culture of this northern New England state. The city of Augusta lies along the Kennebec River. Kayak on its smooth waters or hike along the shoreline. Venture into the surrounding Kennebec Valley for fishing, hunting and whitewater rafting.

In downtown Augusta, browse through the Maine State Museum’s commercial heritage, social history and national environment exhibits that have earned it a reputation as one of the country’s best state museums. Learn about logging, boatbuilding, fishing, farming, wildlife and Maine’s Native Americans. Nearby, Children’s Discovery Museum lets young children play contentedly for hours in a variety of interactive centers while developing important life skills.

Tour the Maine State House, a gleaming white colonnaded building topped by a green copper dome. Check the legislative schedule if you want to observe the House or Senate in session. Have a picnic next to the State House on the wide grassy lawns or along the shaded trails of Capitol Park. Stroll through the park and view several monuments, including a Vietnam Memorial. Across the river from Capitol Park, see the national historic landmark, Old Fort Western, built in 1754.

Enjoy the outdoor spaces in and around Augusta. Walk, run or bike along the Kennebec River Rail Trail, which stretches about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Augusta to Gardiner. Viles Arboretum, east of the river, has Maine plants, including chestnuts, sycamores, lilacs, hostas and a large conifer collection on more than 200 acres (80 hectares). Use its trails for free throughout the seasons for hiking to see spring flowers and autumn leaves or winter snowshoeing. Play golf or disc golf at several courses around the city. Lost Valley and Camden mountains are all within about a 1-hour drive from Augusta for winter skiing and snowboarding.

Fly into the Portland Airport and drive about 1 hour north to Augusta or drive about 2.5 hours north from Boston to reach the city. Enjoy the four seasons in this New England capital city.

Known for

Shopping, Family-friendly and Sunrise

Top Hotels in Augusta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Senator Inn & Spa
3 out of 5
284 Western Ave, Augusta, ME
CA $99
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
3.9/5Very Good! (1,595 reviews)

"The pool and spa areas were very nice. Restaurant food was excellent. Rooms need to be updated but were clean."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2019

Senator Inn & Spa
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Best Western Plus Augusta Civic Center Inn
2.5 out of 5
110 Community Drive, Augusta, ME
CA $113
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4/5Very Good! (780 reviews)

"On a recent trip to the New England area, plans changed and ended up back in the Augusta area. This is a great stopping point! Friendly and helpful staff. Clean property- safe and some good shopping across the road (for those so inclined). Second night was just as good as the first!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2019

Best Western Plus Augusta Civic Center Inn
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta
3 out of 5
377 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME
CA $136
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.8/5Exceptional! (282 reviews)

"The room has everything you could want when spending a few days here-small kitchenette and sitting area. The windows open for fresh air. The indoor pool and breakfast were great. They have a happy hour everyday with snacks. Great place close to everything in Augusta"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2019

Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta

Popular things to do in Augusta

Old Fort Western
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Old Fort Western

Learn about life in New England in the 18th and 19th centuries during a guided tour at one of the oldest surviving wooden forts in the USA.

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