county seat in Kennebec County, Maine, USA and Maine federated state capital city

Augusta is the capital of Maine, but at 19,000 (2020), it is one of the least populous state capitals in the United States.

Get in


By plane

  • 1 Augusta State Airport (AUG  IATA), 75 Airport Rd (Located 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. Small regional airport with regular Cape Air flights to Boston's Logan International Airport.    
  • Maine Instrument Flight, +1 888 643-3597. Air charter and private aircraft, 123.00 MHz

By car

  • From Portland: take US Interstate I-295 North toward Falmouth; this becomes I-95 North; follow signs for Augusta. Exit at Augusta/Western Ave, and turn right, east, into Augusta; trip is under 60 miles, about one hour total in reasonable traffic.
  • From Bangor: Take I-95 South to Augusta/Western Ave, and turn left, east, into Augusta; trip is about 80 miles, a bit under 1 1/2 hours in reasonable traffic.
  • From Belfast: Take Maine State Route 3 South (really west/southwest); trip is about 47 miles, or about one hour in reasonable traffic.

By bus


Get around

Map of Augusta (Maine)

tourist information.

  • 1 State Capitol Building, State St, +1 207 287-2301. The west entrance is open to the public M-F, 8AM-5PM. Free guided tours are offered M-F 9AM-1PM. Free.    
  • 2 Maine State Museum, 83 Maine 27 (Across parking lot from the State Capitol Building), +1 207-287-2301. Tu-F 9AM-5PM. Sa 10AM-4PM. Closed Su, Mo, and state holidays. Exhibits focus on Maine-specific: natural history; prehistory and archaeology; natural resources and agricultural and industrial history; working people and manufacturing; and identity. Of particular interest is the reassembled two-story woodworking mill. Entrance $2, $1 for children aged 6-18 and senior citizens aged 62 and over, free for children under 6.    
  • 3 Old Fort Western, 16 Cony St, +1 207 626-2385. Jul-Aug 10AM-4PM, Sep-Oct F-M 10AM-4PM. 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. $10/adult, $8/concession, $6/child, $25/family.    
  • 1 Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., +1 207 626-7989. Daily, Dawn-dusk. Office staffed M-F 8AM-4:30PM. Free.    
  • 2 The Colonial Theater, 139 Water St. Historic movie theater which is listed on the national register of historic building. The current building dates back to 1926. After being abandoned for a long time, the theater now once again hosts shows and events.    
Street view

There are a number of restaurants and bars located along the historic Water St.




Augusta riverfront

Go next

Routes through Augusta
BangorWaterville  N   S  GardinerLewiston–Auburn
Quebec CityWinslow  N   S  HallowellBrunswick
Lewiston–AuburnMonmouth  W   E  ChinaBangor
END  W   E  ChinaEllsworth
MexicoDixfield  W   E  WhitefieldRockland

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