Rebecca Cooper pauses to take in the view of Camden Harbor during her climb on Mount Battie in this AP file photo. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

Travel guide maker Lonely Planet released its much ballyhooed list of top recommendations for tourists in 2018, and among its 10 “destinations you need to see” in America is Midcoast Maine.

The Maine destination ranks No. 6 on the list, between Cincinnati and Richmond, Virginia, and is the only one of the 10 in America’s northeast.

(Cincy is actually the next closest.)

Lonely Planet calls the Midcoast “an increasingly exciting cultural center of world-class art museums and galleries” and notes that 2018 brings the 70th anniversary of the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.

The travel guide publisher also lauds the area’s “exploding foodie scene of craft breweries, local vineyards and gourmet farm-to-table restaurants,” and points out that the nearby forests and streams make Maine “ideal for adventure activities.”

Claiming the No. 1 spot on the list is California’s Redwood Coast, followed by Boise, Idaho, at No. 2. To see the full list, visit Lonely Planet online.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.