The Kennebec River splices Augusta in half. Unlike many towns in this situation, however, it has retained its integrity as a single city rather than dividing into two entities.
Augusta became the capital of Maine in 1827. Today, its role as the seat of state government is augmented by its shipping, manufacturing and publishing trades.
The Maine State Museum is a must-see for anyone wanting to know more about the state, its environment, and history. Other points of interest include: The State House, Children's Discovery Museum, Old Fort Western and Blaine House. For live entertainment, Gaslight Theater in the village of Hallowell (3 mi) is usually a hit.
While there are numerous family-style restaurants around town, only a few offer ethnic foods. Johann Sebastian B. (Oakland), which serves German specialties, is an exception. One must travel a considerable distance to get exotic flavors such as Indian, Thai or Middle Eastern tastes.
Most of the retail scene falls under the chain-store category. But a few antique stores, book marts, and a handful of other shops don't have chain names attached to them. One such store is The Green Sport in Oakland which sells homemade bread, organic produce, and fine wines.
Within 25 miles, there are countless resources for indoor and outdoor activities.
Western View Golf Club has a 9-hole course with hills and woods making it challenging, but fun. There are numerous other greens as well, including The Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, one of best golfing spots in the country.
The Kennebec Ice Arena in Hallowell is great for a cool afternoon on skates. For those who'd prefer a racquet, World Gym in Augusta has tennis courts for public use; Friendship Stables on Eight Rod Road has horseback riding; and beautiful nature and cross-country ski trails are available at Pine Tree State Arboretum.
Other sports in the area include camping, archery, fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. There are several bowling alleys and gyms in the area, as well.
Maine's small and modest capital, is located in the southeastern part of the state on I-95.