Having lived in Maine for less than three years, I've only just begun to scratch the surface in terms of vacation destinations right here in our own backyard. I feel like now that I'm here, I'll never have to leave the state for fun things to do.

That brings me to my ongoing series: My Maine Summer Bucket List. Let's get this party started with two iconic Southern Maine beaches.

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Old Orchard Beach (OOB)

"Old Orchard Beach has been welcoming people to its seven-mile stretch of sandy beach for more than 170 years. This beach has lifeguards. Old Orchard’s Pier—which extends nearly 500 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean—is the center of the recreational offerings here. On the pier, you can shop, eat, play games of skill, enjoy the nightlife, go dancing, watch fireworks, listen to concerts, fish, or go on a whale watching or birdwatching tour." [Visit Maine]

Popham Beach

"Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine's rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. Sunbathers relaxing on Popham's sands can see Fox and Wood islands offshore, and the Kennebec and Morse rivers border each end of the beach." [Visit Maine]