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With miles of coastline dotted by historic lighthouses, quaint towns and spectacular cliffs, Maine boasts some of the best scenery on the Eastern Seaboard, not to mention to-die-for seafood. Hit the road on this 332-mile trip and discover the postcard-perfect scenery for yourself.


1. York

Starting Point

Start your lighthouse search party on the southern tip of the state at York, home to the Cape Neddick, or “Nubble,” Lighthouse. With rocky cliffs to scale and beautiful scenery to drink in, this makes for a picture-perfect landscape. When you’re done, head on into the popular summer resort town of York and snag some saltwater taffy at the Goldenrod Kisses sweet shop before soaking up some sun at the lesser-known Harbor Beach. Prefer a hike? Mount Agamenticus has trails for all levels and you might even find some wild Maine blueberries.


2. Portland

Drive 44 miles • 44 minutes

Continue your lighthouse journey to the capital city and the state’s oldest lighthouse: Portland Head Lighthouse. Located on the entrance to the Portland Harbor, the lighthouse was completed in 1790 and the original tower still stands. Then stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Port and duck into its many boutiques and bars before getting your lobster fix. If you’re looking for a shack by the harbor, head on over to Portland Lobster Company. If you’re looking for something more creative, you’ll want to try Eventide Oyster Company. Cape Elizabeth, the next town over, has two different lighthouses at Two Lights State Park.



3. Bristol

Drive 61 miles • 1 hour,18 minutes

Head further north to Bristol and to the home of the Pemaquid Lighthouse, which is the beacon featured on Maine’s state quarter. This stately and photogenic lighthouse looms over the Fisherman’s Museum, where you can see nautical artifacts from the 1800s. Then head on over to Dodge Point Reserve and walk the beautiful trails on the Damariscotta River before picking up fresh oysters down the road at Glidden Point Oyster Farms.


4. Rockland

Drive 32 miles • 53 minutes

Rockland is arguably the place for Maine lobster as it’s home to The Maine Lobster Festival every summer (usually the end of July/early August). It’s also home to Owls Head Lighthouse on Rockland Harbor. The old structure, built in 1824, is said to be haunted by a ghost. If that’s too spooky for you, the Farnsworth Art Museum exhibits a beautiful collection from mostly Maine artists, including many works from the famous Wyeth Family.



5. Bar Harbor

Drive 84 miles • 2 hours, 4 minutes

The gateway to the breathtaking Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island once served as a popular summer destination of the well-to-do. Browse the surviving summer estates on West Street before hopping on a whale watching tour to look for humpbacks or finbacks, and catch a glimpse of the island’s still fully operational Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the southernmost point. Feeling more rugged? Take a hike up Mount Cadillac, the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October to March.


6. Lubec/West Quoddy Head

Drive 102 miles • 2 hours, 17 minutes

Complete your Maine adventure at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, located on the easternmost point of the United States. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is painted with striking red and white stripes for visibility. You can then head to Roosevelt Campobello International Park to see President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s former summer home before toasting a trip well-done at Lubec Brewing Company.