Things to do & places to visit in Maine, United States

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Maine has several unique regions, each with its own distinctive culture and activities. With miles of coastline, thousands of lakes, endless rivers and deep forests, visitors can find their perfect vacation spot, whether it's on a sandy beach, at a family campground or walking along Main Street in a bustling city or town. Maine is also known for abundant outdoor recreation opportunities in all four seasons, from swimming and boating in the warmer months to excellent skiing in the winter.

Maine #32 destination in United States 2023. The average rating score is 4.62 based on 123.5k traveler reviews, of 1.518 attractions. Timezone: America/New_York, current date and time: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 3:03.

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  1. 5.0 Marginal Way (5.400 reviews)
    - Wonderfully maintained path with gorgeous views
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Historic Walking Areas
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    Marginal Way is a scenic 1.5-mile cliff walk that hugs the Atlantic Ocean, starting at Shore Road in Ogunquit and ending at Perkins Cove. As you stroll along this easy paved walk, you'll get stunning views of the ocean, and pass by rocky cliffs, tide pools, shallow beaches and also the Lobster Point Lighthouse. There are also plenty of stops along the way where you can rest and watch the sunset. It gets busy during summer, so visit during fall or spring to beat the crowds and heat. You can also book a stay at one of the B&Bs along the coast, and explore the rest of coastal Maine on a guided tour. – Tripadvisor See more..
  2. 5.0 Cadillac Mountain (3.662 reviews)
    - Mountain Top Experience?
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    Cadillac Mountain is a must-see within Acadia National Park in Maine. At 1,527 feet, it's the highest peak on the East Coast. Reach the summit on a hike through the lush pine forest, or take a leisurely drive up and park at the overlook. Once you're there, be wowed by the incredible views of Mount Desert Island and the Porcupine Islands. If you're visiting in the winter, you can catch the first sunrise in the continental U.S. from the mountain top. You'll need a pass to visit Cadillac Mountain, usually included on a tour of Acadia National Park. – Tripadvisor See more..
  3. 5.0 Mount Desert Island (2.952 reviews)
    - View from the top
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    Home to Acadia National Park, this island off the coast of Maine with its beaches, sweeping cliffs and mountains offers visitors numerous recreational activities, from hiking, biking and following nature trails to swimming, sailing and kayaking. See more..
  4. 5.0 Portland Head Light (2.392 reviews)
    - Gorgeous lighthouse
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Lighthouses
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    Although Maine’s oldest lighthouse is closed to the public, there’s plenty to do within the grounds of Fort Williams Park. Stop by the adjacent museum to learn about the lighthouse’s history and enjoy the lawns—perfect for a picnic as you watch boats entering and leaving the harbor. You can also hike one of the trails along the rocky shore or explore several ruins within the former Fort Williams, which include two batteries, a powerhouse, and a bunker. More adventurous travelers can snorkel or scuba dive at the stunning Ship Cove. – Tripadvisor See more..
  5. 5.0 Acadia National Park (2.261 reviews)
    - Extraordinary Nature
    National Parks
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    I really appreciate visiting Acadia National Park during august 2022. We went to visit the Park sleeping in Camden, about 1h 30 by car, but less expensive thank sleeping inside the Park itself. I like Cadillac Mountain despite the fact that there were a lot of fog at the pick and not very good visibility. We went also for a easy trip in Jordon Pond (a beautiful lake) in the South East of the park of about 3 miles/5 km, I suggest to do this tour also with children, it is really easy and safe. The park costs 30$ per day with private car and ti visit Cadillac I suggest to book online with anticipation, it is 6$ per day See more..
  6. 5.0 Lulu Lobster Boat (2.235 reviews)
    - Good Time
    Boat Tours
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    What a great way to spend an afternoon in Bar Harbor. The 2 person crew was friendly, polite and super informative. The boat was pretty full but it felt roomy enough. The guide, Gaelyn, narrated throughout the excursion with unmatched enthusiasm. He is a retired teacher and it was obvious that he loves to teach and entertain. We learned in an interactive way about lobsters and the harbor. After the lobster hunting we road out to a lighthouse where we circumnavigated the little island it's on. There were two types of seals swimming and sunning. Tons of birds enjoyed the island and it's skies including two amazing bald eagles. Only SLIGHT possible negative .... Gaelyn really likes hamming it up with the kids. There were 5 kids on board and there was a LOT of time spent being silly with them. Seriously, how many ways can you put a lobster on a kid's head? If you're annoyed by weird kid stuff, this could be uncool for you. Haha! If you have kids, bring them! See more..
  7. 5.0 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (1.982 reviews)
    - Beautiful and Colorful Lights
    Temporarily closed - Closed until Apr 30, 2023 Spent More than 3 hours Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens • Scenic Walking Areas
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    The Gardens is 323 acres, 19 of which are ornamental and themed gardens featuring native plants of Maine and others suited to northern coastal conditions. Trails and points of interest extend over 150 acres of mature forest, wetlands, and a mile of tidal shoreline. Advance tickets are required for admission; visit The campus includes innovative landscape designs, impressive stonework, unique sculpture, and scenic views inviting visitors of all ages and abilities to explore nature’s connections at their leisure. Hailed as one of Maine's top attractions, a visit to the Gardens is a memorable experience, no matter the season. See more..
  8. 5.0 Mount Battie (1.813 reviews)
    - Went on a foggy day and normal day
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    Mount Battie and its hundred-year-old tower is the highest point of Camden Hills State Park. You can reach the summit by following a 1.2-mile winding trail through the forest, where you'll be treated to commanding views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay, especially from the top of the tower. Try to spot Mount Battie and the tower along a cruise tour of Maine's coast. While you're there, Camden Hills State Park is also great for hikes along its 25-mile trail system, mountain biking, and horseback riding, as well as snow sports in the colder months. You can even camp overnight. – Tripadvisor See more..
  9. 5.0 SK Tours Of Maine, LLC (1.606 reviews)
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sightseeing Tours
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    We just took the tour last week and it was excellent. Our guide Jamie was knowledgeable not only about King, his family and his works but also the Bangor area. We booked a private tour for 5 plus our St Bernard and the tour was roomy and comfortable for all of us. We were thrilled to learn that our dog "Cujo" was the first Cujo EVER to take the tour! I am a self-proclaimed SK expert and I learned a few things. My wife and kids also had a great time. Its a great tour for fans of the books, movies OR both. I am also interested in the history of Betts Bookstore....and as a bonus...Jamie's father was the previous I got extra history there as well! I only wish I would have booked another tour for later that day JUST to ask additional questions and see additional sites. We will definitely be back to do another tour in the future. A MUST for Constant Readers! See more..
  10. 5.0 Allagash Brewery (1.158 reviews)
    - First Day Back!
    Tuesday: Breweries
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    We are currently open for tastings and sell plenty of year-round and brewery-only beer to go. We also offer immersive, ticketed experiences delving into our wild and barrel aging program through The Cellars (available via our website link). We also have a food truck onsite featuring lobster rolls and other tasty treats for you to make a day of it. So if you're in the area, stop by and say hello! Founded in Portland, Maine, the brewery loves giving back to the community—and state—that has supported us since 1995. In 2019 the brewery became a Certified B Corp and Allagash founder Rob Tod won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. Allagash currently stands as one of the 50 largest craft breweries in the U.S. (by sales volume) and has earned a spot on Maine’s Best Places to Work list for seven years running. Allagash is distributed in: CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL (Chicagoland only,) MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, and WI. See more..
  11. 5.0 Ogunquit Playhouse (1.041 reviews)
    - Young Frankenstein, "outdoors" for a fun experience....
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    Wow, we saw "Young Frankenstein" at the "outdoor" tent at the Ogunquit Playhouse and were impressed with the venue and production. We've never sat inside, so can't compare, but it felt that they created a first rate theater experience under the tent. Lighting, sound and stage were excellent. We saw a matinee on a chilly afternoon, so I can see that it could get pretty cold for the evening performances. They leave the large doors open so there is plenty of airflow and masks are required. This was our first theater experience since the pandemic began, and we felt very comfortable. The production itself was a hoot, and even better than the movie. It was a musical, not my favorite genre, but this really worked, Talented performers, made for a fun and memorable evening. Do not hesitate!! See more..
  12. 5.0 Maine State Sea Kayak (1.031 reviews)
    - Worth every cent!
    Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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    Sam did a great job leading his first trip! He was very knowledgeable of the area, came prepared for any unexpected circumstances and did a great job keeping the group together and keeping people engaged. It was great to have Kyle as a bonus guide, he added humor and well seasoned knowledge of the area and really shared his passion with us. Shout out to Colby for not only driving the bus but driving a bus with a trailer attached to it - as someone who has sent a trailer over the edge of a ramp more than once, I was impressed. All in all I would highly recommend adding Maine State Sea Kayak onto your to-do list for your trip to Acadia, the staff are great, the views are wonderful, and the wildlife is hard to beat, one of the best kayak trips I’ve gone on with guides! See more..
  13. 5.0 Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (856 reviews)
    - Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Bristol ME
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    Amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean from the rocky Maine coastline. Parking is free and it costs only $3 to climb up the lighthouse tower (max four people at a time and that is a tight squeeze). The place is run by volunteers, who are friendly and helpful. There are public toilets on site plus an art gallery and an interesting little fisherman's museum. Note, the SeaGull restaurant and gift shop is not part of the site. See more..
  14. 5.0 The Real Portland Tour (853 reviews)
    - Sign up!!!
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sightseeing Tours
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    This tour was definitely worth the time and money! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area. He kept the conversation light and funny. We originally thought that it would have been better to take the tour at the beginning of our week in Portland, but taking it on the last full day there was even better, as we now have started to build our itinerary for our next visit. Sign up!!! You won't regret it. See more..
  15. 5.0 Three Rivers Whitewater Rafting (803 reviews)
    - Awesome! Sam was stellar!!
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM River Rafting & Tubing • Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    We had an awesome trip on the Kennebeck river! Our tour guide Sam was skillful, energetic and knowledgeable - the route was beautiful and she did a great job navigating through the rapids. The post rafting lunch was delicious too. We hope to back again soon! 10/10 would recommend! See more..
  16. 4.5 Perkins Cove (2.480 reviews)
    - A nice reward after strolling down the Marginal Way
    Geologic Formations
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    This charming fishing village is one of the most picturesque spots in southern Maine. It’s renowned for its fresh seafood, such as lobsters, oysters, clams, and crabs, which you can catch on a private or group fishing tour. After a sumptuous seafood meal, tackle the Marginal Way, a cliff walk famous for its excellent harbor views and scenic lookouts. This coastal enclave is busiest in the summer when vacationers descend on its turquoise beaches. It’s also a haven for art lovers—check out the galleries and local boutiques selling quirky knick-knacks and handicrafts. – Tripadvisor See more..
  17. 4.5 Ogunquit Beach (2.228 reviews)
    - What a beautiful Unique Beach!
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    Make sure to go at both Low and High Tides... 2 totally different experiences. My daughter and I went early morning and the sand was so wide, hardly anyone on the beach. Then went back at high tide and the river was full, everyone tubing and hardly any sand. It was crazy how it changed so much from the morning to afternoon. So fun. It is cold, but there are unexplained warm pockets. The only thing to know is that we went tubing from the river towards the ocean at high tide, and the life guards there told us to get out. At first, it scared us because we thought maybe there were sharks or something. But after we got out, he told us...that at high tide....they only let you go to a certain point so that you won't get swept out to sea and have problems getting back. Just something for everyone to be aware of. It is good they are watching and are keeping people safe. See more..
  18. 4.5 Shore Path (2.009 reviews)
    - A captivating walk you might miss out on in the touristy din
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    A salute to Bar Harbor for this jewel of a walk, affording multi-million-dollar views of Frenchman Bay to all! Even on a rainy day, the seascape of rocky/kelpy shore, a wide variety of vessels on the move or secured, and wooded islands is the equal of many available in the adjacent Acadia National Park. In the other direction, magnificent estates and gardens, maintained to a widely varying degree that only adds to their charm. The interpretive signs are also lovingly maintained little works of village art. Parking at a very reasonable price can be found; just follow the signage leading you off the main tourist thoroughfares. See more..
  19. 4.5 Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse (1.733 reviews)
    - Beautiful New England Lighthouse
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    This 41-foot lighthouse sits on the summit of Cape Neddick Nubble, a small offshore rocky islet overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. While the lighthouse and grounds aren't open to the public, you can view and snap a photo of it from Sohier Park on the mainland—there's even a small gift shop for souvenirs. Visit at sunrise or sunset for exceptionally stunning views. The holiday season is also a magical time to visit when the lighthouse is decorated with twinkling lights. Parking is free but limited, so get there early to secure a spot. Otherwise, you can also drop by on a tour of coastal Maine. – Tripadvisor See more..
  20. 4.5 Park Loop Road (1.606 reviews)
    - Fun road with beautiful scenery
    Scenic Drives
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    A major national park in Maine where the attractions and sights are well known along the 20-mile Park Loop Road. See more..
  21. 4.5 Portland Museum of Art (1.547 reviews)
    - Beautiful Museum and a wide-ranging collection.
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Art Museums
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    With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best regional museum in the country. The PMA boasts a considerable permanent collection, with beloved works of American, European, and Contemporary art, as well as significant holdings of Maine art-highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special member-only events, free school tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio-it's all happening at the PMA. See more..
  22. 4.5 Land Bridge to Bar Island (1.376 reviews)
    - A MUST do in Bar Harbor
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    A trip to Bar Harbor without doing this, is an incomplete trip, this was totally amazing. I would go twice, go at low tide , cross the harbor and hike up Bar Island, then come a few hours later at high tide and see what happend. Once you see both views you will be totally amazed Make sure you check tidal times otherwise you can get stuck and pay $150 to get rescued. Be aware while this is free (You need the Acadia Park Pass to go to Bar Island for a great view of Fisherman's Bay) you have to pay for parking nearby ($2 an hour) See more..
  23. 4.5 Old Port (1.288 reviews)
    - Great place to shop, dine, and see the boats on the waterfront
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Spent 2-3 hours Neighborhoods
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    The Old Port's fishing piers, cobbled streets, and historic brick buildings will transport you back in time. But the energy of the area is anything but old. It has a buzzing food scene, especially at night when locals and tourists pack into its restaurants and bars. Don't leave without having a taste of the fresh seafood in the area. Grab the ultimate lobster roll along the waterfront's Commercial Street or snag a table at any of its amazing seafood restaurants. From the port, you can take a ferry to explore the secluded islands in Casco Bay. – Tripadvisor See more..
  24. 4.5 Jordan Pond (1.272 reviews)
    - Don’t miss Jordan’s Pond House Restaurant
    Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM Bodies of Water
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    A pond in Acadia National Park with nature walks nearby. See more..
  25. 4.5 L.L. Bean Factory Store (1.232 reviews)
    - Great Shopping!
    Speciality & Gift Shops • Factory Outlets
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    This store is open 24 hours a day, and it offers substantial discounts. See more..
  26. 4.5 Acadia National Park Visitors Center (1.213 reviews)
    - staff was great, lots of information
    Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Visitor Centers
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    Center offering visitors an audio-visual presentation, maps, special events and the opportunity to talk to rangers. See more..
  27. 4.5 Farnsworth Art Museum (993 reviews)
    - Good museum and glad to have seen these works of this area of Maine.
    Tuesday: Spent 1-2 hours Historic Sites • Art Museums
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    Celebrating Maine's Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America's greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum has one of the largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, and Julia's Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. See more..
  28. 4.5 Ocean Trail (980 reviews)
    - A must do trail for those able to do easy trails
    Hiking Trails
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    Walking trail along Frenchman Bay. See more..
  29. 4.5 Rockland Breakwater Light (979 reviews)
    - Rockland lighthouse visit
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    Visitors can explore the beach area surrounding the lighthouse that was built at the beginning of the 20th century. See more..
  30. 4.5 Wells Beach (952 reviews)
    - Wells beach in autumn
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    This review is for an October stay. I cant imagine the summer crowds, as we are retired and enjoy the off season. We stayed at the Lafayette hotel group 3 different times. The beach right outside the door is perfect, the people minimal, our room and ocean view perfect! Be sure to eat at The Steak House. An amazing and critic worthy establishment and a lovely memorable dinner. Sunrises over the ocean here are simply brilliant, and the crisp fall days are spectacular. Wells Diner is a perfect breakfast spot, and the little adjoining gift shop is fun and reasonably priced. Perkins cove is not far, and a walking trail is the best memory accompanying a lobster roll and a blueberry soda. Many book stores, antique shops and fun things to see in this entire area. Each year we discover new beautiful spots to marvel over .Maine in fall is a true travel experience not to be overlooked. See more..
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  5. Art Museums
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  11. Historic Walking Areas
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  19. Cooking Classes
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  21. 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
  22. Private Tours
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  24. Health Clubs
  25. Boat Tours
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  29. Monuments & Statues
  30. Neighborhoods
  31. Bodies of Water
  32. Theaters
  33. Geologic Formations
  34. Beaches
  35. National Parks
  36. Ferries
  37. Hiking Trails
  38. Game & Entertainment Centers
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  40. Scenic Walking Areas
  41. Escape Games
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  43. Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
  44. Nature & Wildlife Tours
  45. Ranches
  46. Waterskiing & Jetskiing
  47. Shopping Malls
  48. Water Parks
  49. Amusement & Theme Parks
  50. Observatories & Planetariums
  51. Children's Museums
  52. Flea & Street Markets
  53. Visitor Centers
  54. Sports Camps & Clinics
  55. Breweries
  56. Lessons & Workshops
  57. Islands
  58. Bus Services
  59. Golf Courses
  60. Movie Theaters
  61. Art Galleries
  62. Antique Shops
  63. Educational sites
  64. Sports Complexes
  65. Government Buildings
  66. Theatre & Performances
  67. Horse Tracks
  68. Cemeteries
  69. Military Museums
  70. Forests
  71. Scenic Drives
  72. Ballets
  73. Ski & Snowboard Areas
  74. Libraries
  75. Playgrounds
  76. Arenas & Stadiums
  77. Canyons
  78. Farmers Markets
  79. Kayaking & Canoeing
  80. Bars & Clubs
  81. Fishing Charters & Tours
  82. Lighthouses
  83. Distilleries
  84. Casinos
  85. Cultural Events
  86. Factory Tours
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  88. River Rafting & Tubing
  89. Air Tours
  90. Civic Centres
  91. State Parks
  92. Paint & Pottery Studios
  93. Universities & Schools
  94. Surfing & Windsurfing
  95. Gear Rentals
  96. Ski & Snow Tours
  97. Shooting Ranges
  98. Auto Racing Tracks
  99. Department Stores
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  101. Jogging Paths & Tracks
  102. Boat Rentals
  103. Exhibitions
  104. Factory Outlets
  105. Cross-country Ski Areas
  106. Bowling Alleys
  107. Yoga & Pilates
  108. Miniature Golf
  109. Scavenger Hunts
  110. Scenic Railroads
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