FROM COOLHUNTING.COM: Where US Route 1 veers closer to the shoreline than any other major highway, it’s often referred to as the coastal road—or the scenic route. This most certainly applies to the iconic path’s position in Maine, as it travels from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to the first coastal town, Kittery and all the way up to Canada. It’s a charming, often winding, two lanes that pass from isolated stretches of nothingness into the Main Streets of small towns.
And there’s plenty of allure to take it past the populous food haven that is Portland and into Midcoast Maine and ultimately Acadia afterward. Maine, after all, is known as Vacationland and regardless of the season or weather there’s plenty do. Travelers may immediately think of lobster or baked potatoes, blueberries or antiques, but these associations are merely a portion of Maine’s majesty. And the further north one ventures, the more distinct the state becomes, loosening its grip on the Victorian stylings of New England and embracing a remote elegance wrapped in evergreen wilderness.