Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, authors of “A Day in the Life of America” provide a glimpse of Maine in their book “Maine 24/7,” (DK Adult) which includes photos of subjects hard at work around the state. This features dairy farmers, lobster fisherman, shipbuilders and even racecar drivers. This tome even includes photos of various small-towns from across the state including Sequin Island, Cape Propoise, Bar Harbor and Rangeley State Park.

After traveling to Maine you want to recapture the state’s unique tastes at home. “Dishing Up Maine: 165 Recipes that Capture Authentic Down East Flavors,” by Brooke Doiny ( Storey Publishing, LLC), offers such meals as Haddock Chowder and Clam Rolls!

Maine is home to some truly incredible, and very distinctive architecture. Several books are available to help you find these man-made treasures. To see the unique summer houses of the state pick up “Maine Cottages: Fred L. Savage and the Architecture of the Mount Desert, (Princeton Arch) by John M. Byran and Richard Cheek. The book looks at the designs of Fred Savage (1861-1924), one of the regions most influential architects, and designer of more than 300 buildings. And i f you’re looking to explore Maine to see the state’s numerous historical lighthouses, then the “Maine Lighthouses Map & Guide” ( Hartnett House Map Publishing) by Robert Hartnett and Peter Dow Bachelder, will help you find specific ones and even offer the best viewing locations to take in the lights!