Larger than life road trip

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Views of the Maine coastlineThe Maine Writer

While Maine is well known for its rocky coastlines, Acadia National Park, and lobster, you can also find many interesting and quirky large statues and figures in your travels around the state. Take a larger-than-life road trip this summer and discover these interesting roadside attractions.

What would a trip to Maine be without having some of our delicious Maine lobster? The Taste of Maine restaurant in Woolwich has a gigantic lobster on the roof, and it's caused many a tourist to pull over and take a picture. The giant lobster is fitting as the restaurant offers the world's largest lobster roll at two feet long!

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Wild Blueberry LandThe Maine Writer

Besides lobster, Maine is well known for our wild blueberries, which stands to reason that there might be a large blueberry somewhere in the state. Wild Blueberry Land in Columbia Falls takes the prize, with the building being a gigantic blueberry and slightly smaller blueberries around the main building.

Freeport, which is home to L.L. Bean, has a 16-foot-tall L.L. Bean boot outside the store on 95 Main Street, which has had many, many, many people posing under or on the gigantic boot.

Westbrook has a 13-foot-tall sign known as the "Walking Man" that has stood since 1962 when it was built for a TV repair business on Route 302 in Westbrook. The sign was given the name "Walking Man" because of its mechanically moving arm and toolbox. Even though the business closed, the sign remained and residents of Westbrook worked hard to get the sign designated as a national historic landmark, which became official on May 31, 2019.

The small town of Woodstock located in Oxford County has the distinction of having the world's largest telephone in the center of Remembrance Park. The telephone is fourteen feet tall and is a hand-cranked phone, commemorating the day in 1983 when Bryant Village residents in Woodstock had their phone service switched from the hand-cranked phone to direct dial.

Another larger-than-life statue is in Bangor, and it's Paul Bunyan. Paul has been hard to miss, standing in Bass Park in Bangor since 1959. Of course, it's hard to miss Paul since he is 31 feet tall. Paul was even built to withstand hurricane-force winds and claims to be the largest Paul Bunyan statue in the world. Paul even put in an appearance in Bangor resident author Stephen King's book It. The odds are pretty good you will see someone posing with Paul at some point when you drive through Bangor.

Kenduskeag has a large Coca-Cola can, which was originally an outdoor storage tank, then was hand painted and turned into the Coke can outside Day's Service Center located at 3700 Broadway.

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Lincoln LoonThe Maine Writer

Maine has a nice population of loons in our lakes and ponds, and anyone that has been "upta camp" on one of our many lakes or ponds has likely heard their call. The town of Lincoln has adopted the bird as its mascot and has a six-foot-tall and thirteen-foot-long fiberglass loon on Main Street.

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The Flying MooseThe Maine Writer

Keeping with the theme of wildlife we have in Maine, on Rockwood Road in Rockwood, there is a large flying moose outside of a private residence. The flying moose commemorates an Abenaki Native American legend. While, of course, our Maine moose don't actually fly, we do have a nice moose population that you can spot if you know where to look or by taking one of the guided moose tours.

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Eastport fishermanThe Maine Writer

What would Maine be without a large fisherman statue? Eastport, Maine has an interesting fisherman statue that is twelve feet tall and was built as a prop for the Fox TV mini-series "Murder in Small Town X," which was filmed in the area back in 2000. The show, unfortunately, didn't last a full season and the prop was left behind. Eastport officials decided to restore and preserve the statue. The fisherman also is a memorial to the actor Ángel Juarbe, Jr., who appeared in the series and also was a Bronx firefighter who was killed in the World Trade Center collapse on September 11th, a week after the series aired the finale.

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