Are you planning your summer vacation? If you are looking for an idyllic trip that offers New England charm, considering making the drive up scenic Route 1 for unforgettable experiences on the Maine coastline.
Start your journey in Portland. This trendy city offers a variety of international delicacies and top-notch breweries to satiate the tastes of even the pickiest eater. From here, you can book a variety of tours, excursions and shows to fill the days. The downtown area is full of charming shops and boutiques with Maine specialties and delights not to be missed. Book at least one overnight by searching for vacation rentals Maine to ensure you have time to enjoy the local nightlife as well.
As you make the journey north, Route 1 will take you through the city of Freeport. This small center is a shopper’s paradise with outlet stores ranging from local artisans to high-end brands such as Dooney& Bourke. While you are visiting, check out the original L.L. Bean shop and get an Instagram-worthy selfie in front of the snow boot statue that greets each visitor. After a full day of shopping, load up your bags and continue on your way up the coast.
Before you reach the final destination on your tour, stop in Wiscasset, Maine’s prettiest village, for one of the world-famous lobster rolls at Red’s Eats. After you’ve finished, take the next exit off Route 1 to Boothbay Harbor. This coastal gem is the perfect spot for relaxing. You can fill your day with whale-watching, browsing local shops and enjoying some of the best seafood in Maine. Be sure to make time to watch the lobster fishers as they bring in their daily catch.
Whenever you go to Maine, you’ll quickly learn the reason one of the state’s slogans is Maine: Vacationland. Just don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.