Augusta is the state capital of Maine in the United States.
It is located in the Kennebec Valley.
Augusta State Airport (Airport Code: AUG). 75 Airport Road (about 1/2 mile west/northwest out Western Ave [US-202/ME-17/ME-100/ME-1] from roundabout/rotary nearest the State Capitol). +1 207-626-2306 (Fax: +1 207-626-2309). Small regional airport with regular US Airways Express flights to Boston's Logan International Airport. http://www.ci.augusta.me.us/airport.html
From Portland (Maine): take US Interstate I-295 North (toward Falmouth (Maine), which becomes I-95 around Gardiner (Maine); follow signs for Augusta. Exit onto Western Ave (right) into Augusta; trip is between 50 and 60 miles, about one hour total in reasonable traffic. From Belfast (Maine): Take Maine State Route 3 South (really west/southwest); trip is about 45 miles, or about one hour in reasonable traffic.
See, Do, Buy
- Maine State Museum, State House Complex, State Street (across the parking lot from the State Capitol Building), +1 207-287-2301 (TTY: +1 207-287-6740, Fax: +1 207-287-6633). Tu-F 9 AM-5 PM. Sa 10 AM-4 PM. Closed Su, Mo, and State holidays. Exhibits focus on Maine-specific: natural history; prehistory and archaelogy; natural resources and agricultural and industrial history; working people and manufacturing; and identity. Of particular interest is the reassembled two-story woodworking mill. $2 ($1 for children aged 6-18 and senior citizens aged 62 and over, free for children under 6, $6 family maximum). http://www.mainestatemuseum.org/
- Old Fort Western, 16 Cony Street, +1 207-626-2385 (Fax: +1 207-626-2304). Hours vary depending on season: Memorial Day weekend to July 3: every day 1-4 PM; July 4-Labor Day: M-F 10 AM-4 PM, Sa, Su 1-4 PM; Labor Day-Columbus Day: Sa, Su 1-4 PM; November-May: first Su of the month only, 1-3 PM. Built in 1754, this is the oldest surviving wooden fort in North America (the main house is original). It is a National Historic Landmark. Near the rebuilt stockade overlooking the Kennebec River is a 1912 marker recording the September 1775 departure from the fort of an expedition under Benedict Arnold for the capture of Quebec. $5 ($4 for seniors aged 55 and over, $3 for children aged 6-16, free for children under 6 and residents of Augusta). http://www.oldfortwestern.org/