As the biggest county east of the Mississippi, Aroostook is not only Maine’s largest region but its least explored. Along with vast terrain, storybook towns and rolling fields, the region is celebrated for its cultural diversity. Amish, Swedish and Acadian heritage are all prevalent, with a hometown friendliness and warmth that’s become increasingly rare in the world today. The rural landscape begets an abundance of outdoor activities that vary depending on the season. Challenge yourself to a vertical hike in the hills, bicycle along potato blossom fields and fish in one of the area’s 2,000 rivers, lakes and streams. Nordic skiers arrive in droves come winter time, and more than 1,600 miles of snowmobile trails connect to the remarkable Interconnecting Trail System. For a true taste of Acadian culture, head up north to the St. John Valley, where the French dialect will keep you guessing and the tourtière (pork pie) is to die for.