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AugustaUnited States of America

Enjoy the cultural and historic attractions in this friendly New England town along a beautiful river.

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.

Top Hotels in Augusta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Senator Inn & Spa
Senator Inn & Spa
3 out of 5
284 Western Ave, Augusta, ME
The price is CA $118 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Situated in the shopping district, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Turnpike Mall and Children's Discovery Museum. Kennebec Ice Arena and Blaine House ...

3.9/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Great indoor pool. Rooms are a little dated but great value for the price"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Senator Inn & Spa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta
Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta
3 out of 5
377 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME
The price is CA $145 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Turnpike Mall and Kennebec Ice Arena. Children's Discovery Museum and Blaine House are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (383 reviews)

"The hotel was so nice. Our suite was very clean, very nice and updated. Would absolutely go back again."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta
Hampton Inn Waterville
Hampton Inn Waterville
2.5 out of 5
425 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Waterville, ME
Free cancellation
The price is CA $101 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Inland Hospital Diabetes and within 3 miles (5 km) of Colby College and Thomas College. Redington ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (286 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, outstanding staff eager to help, clean and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2020

Hampton Inn Waterville

Popular places to visit 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.

Top things to do in Augusta

Augusta Scavenger Hunt: America’s Dearest Capital
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Augusta Scavenger Hunt: America’s Dearest Capital

CA $27
Per adult

Reviews of Augusta

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5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 11, 2019

Great place to shop, easy to get around and close to other shopping areas.

4/5 - Good

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Aug 12, 2019

Just stop to sleep on the way home. So we didn't get a chance to do anything.

4/5 - Good

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Oct 12, 2018

The State House and Governors Mansion were beautiful to see. I didn't have time to explore much more.

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