Bath is situated on the coast of Maine, just 30 miles north of Portland. It is a community of approximately 9,000 people. As an old seafaring town, Bath has many historically interesting houses, brick sidewalks, and street lamps reminiscent of the 19th century. The major employer in Bath is Bath Iron Works, one of the nation's two major shipbuilding yards for the U.S. Navy and the Merchant Marines. Many people like to visit the coast in Bath just to see the large vessels housed there. The Maine Maritime Museum is also a favorite destination, as it exhibits thousands of maritime artifacts in addition to providing a tour of an historic shipyard. Those interested in viewing the city by foot can take the Sagadahoc Preservation Inc.'s walking tour of downtown historic Bath.
Situated along the Kennebec River, Bath has a very active cultural center for a small town, housing its Center for the Arts in an 1846 wooden gothic church. At the mouth of the Kennebec River, historic Fort Popham stands guard. Nearby Popham Beach and Reid State Park in Georgetown offer miles of sandy beach and rocky cliffs. You might even find some harbor seals hanging out at the Fort Popham State Historic Site! In 2005 the National Trust named Bath one of "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations" due to its small, historic, and relatively unspoiled New England charm.