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Cruising through Maine
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any of a dozen performances as you
would a fly ball at the game - from
chamber music at Merrill Auditorium
to a touring act at The State Theater
or Seadogs baseball at Hadlock Field.
Got a little time on your hands? Explore
the islands of Casco Bay by ferry
or take a drive through the many welcoming
communities that surround
the city. Just to the south seek out the
Portland Head Light on the grounds of
Ft. Williams or track down the " best
Lobster Roll ever. " No matter where
you wind up, it will be delicious - this
is the heart of lobster central.
Looking for more retail therapy? Head
north on Rt. 1 or I-95 to Freeport, the
home of L.L. Bean and more than a
hundred retail stores, restaurants and
outlets in this cheerful village.
Cities & Towns: Portland, South Portland,
Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Freeport,
Gorham, Pownal, Scarborough,
Westbrook and Yarmouth
Roads & Highways: I-95 & 295, Rt.
302, Rts. 25 & 26, US-1 & 1-A,
Rt. 77, Rt. 100, Rt. 9
Notable Features: The Old Port (on
foot); Sea Dogs, Red Claws, and Pirates,
Casco Bay Lines, Eartha, Scarborough
Downs, Longfellow House,
Audubon's Gilsland Farm, The Victoria
Mansion.
Maine's MidCoast
While just a short drive up the coast
(along US-1 or I-295) from Portland,
Maine's MidCoast is a sparkling string
of pearls connecting visitors to our
coastal, maritime and seafaring past.
This region is peppered with some
of Maine's most visited and adored
towns, beaches and harbors. At about
100 miles from stem-to-stern (following
the region's main artery US-1
from Brunswick
Bridge Observatory) but constituting
over 1,500 miles of rough and beautiful
coastline, the MidCoast offers
untold activities for tourists and families
alike, including the dozens of side
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trips 'down the point' and those with
countless adventures they offer. This
is the classic American tourist ride -
you might wander all day and not travel
far. Maine's MidCoast gives meaning
to the journey being an important
part of the trip. Take heed: In summer
US-1 can sometimes slow up travelers'
pace in spots. Drivers without a destination
in mind should consider taking
the trip along any of the nearly dozen
fingers of land that stretch out to the
sea, and make certain not to miss all
the opportunities set at the head and
heart of each of the harbors and cozy
ports along the way. And if the land
cannot hold you, explore the Gulf of
Maine and Penobscot Bay by Windjammer,
a different take on the many
ways to see and experience this richly
jewel-encrusted coastline.
Cities & Towns: Brunswick,
Bath,
Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Damariscotta,
Rockland, Rockport, Camden,
Belfast and Searsport
Roads & Highways: US-1, I-295, Rt. 17,
and Rt. 3
to the Penobscot
Coastal Excursion Routes: Harpswell
(Rt. 123); Bailey & Orr's Islands (Rt.
124); Phippsburg and Popham Beach
(Rt. 209); Georgetown and Reid State
Park (Rt. 127), Westport (Rt. 144);
Boothbay Harbor (Rt. 27); Christmas
Cove (Rt. 129); Pemaquid and New
Harbor (Rt. 130); Round Pond (Rt. 32);
Friendship (Rt. 220), Port Clyde and St.
George (Rt. 131)
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houses,
Reid State & Popham Beach
State Park, Pemaquid Point, Monhegan
Island (an hour by boat), Maine
Maritime Museum, Whale Watches,
The Farnsworth Museum, Camden
Hills State Park, Windjammers.
DownEast & Acadia
DownEast Maine and its several subregions
offer one of Maine's most spectacular
driving tours. Drive the 100
miles from Bucksport to Lubec along
US-1 and you will be transported. For
first-time visitors the long list of superlatives
heaped onto DownEast &
Acadia is well deserved: more lighthouses
on the coast - including the
eight you can see by boat along the
Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail; America's
most popular National Park, America's
easternmost city (Eastport) and easternmost
point (Lubec), the country's
highest tides (at Calais), Maine's largest
island (Mount Desert), and the
highest Atlantic coastal peak north of
Rio de Janeiro (Cadillac Mountain on
Mount Desert Island).
These are all very impressive, but still,
they are only written superlatives. Experience
the marvel as you venture
along the 85-mile-long DownEast
Sunrise Trail or the Schoodic Scenic
Byway.
Allow the region's friendly nature to
be expressed through a local shop
owner in Ellsworth or Bar Harbor. Or
simply pause to ponder how man
and nature have worked together to
construct something so indescribably
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