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“One of the best roads/drives ever!”

Coastal Highway U.S. 1
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Freeport
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Owner description: Scenic coastal drive measuring 203 miles from Freeport to Quoddy Head.
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Simply beautiful-- landscape, ocean, cute towns, fun shops, choice of restaurants... if you get the chance, drive Route 1 in Maine. You will not regret it!

4  Thank ViennaLady12
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

The drive up the Maine Coastline was awesome, breathtaking. Would love to return to same area again. Houses are so pretty, ocean alongside the highway. Many "WOW" moments on this drive. Also delicious ice cream!!!!!

2  Thank Nana3_2013
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

US route 1 follows the coastline (not the waterline) from Kittery to Calais. Very few would be interested in driving the entire route compared to using I-95 which is close to Rt 1 in many areas. So, I suggest you stop at the Information Center in Southern Maine and plan how much time you want to drive through small towns and what it offered off from route I along the way. Then, select I-95 or 295 to avoid areas that do not interest you. A1A offers some interesting views as well. An example might be to get off I-95 at Brunswick and follow Rt 1 or A1A all the way through Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Rockland, Camden and then down to Arcadia. You will see some ocean along the way and some beautiful Maine (picture book) towns. The coast is long and winds its way through some very interesting scenery. Time and patience will determine the value of the drive.

5  Thank James H
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you are not staying along Route 1...don't bother with this road. My wife and I were heading up to Acadia from Boston and totally fell for the "coastal" name. This is NOT a coastal highway. Sure...you see the coast every once in a while...but that does not make it coastal. Its just a road...with a few ocean views...and a ton of small town main streets with stop lights, stop signs, pedestrians, etc., etc.

4  Thank UsingCommonSense
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Coastal Highway US 1 is about 338 miles (544 km) from Kittery to Calais. I’ve driven it in all seasons. It’s Maine’s prime route for getting near but not on the coastline; if it were to hug it, it’d be 4 or more times as long. It’s as much a local road as a tourism corridor or a national highway. Speed limits are 25-65 MPH (about 40-105 KPH). For its first 50.8 miles (81.8 km) from Kittery to Portland, where businesses and tourist hotspots line its route, it’s 4 lanes wide. Driving farther northeast along the coast, it’s mostly 2 lanes wide and generally prettier and far more rural. For 131.8 miles (212.4 km) from Kittery to Camden, during daytime, peak-season summer traffic at times can be heavy and slow; at other times, traffic is lighter and somewhat faster. US 1 is particularly scenic for most of the 242.6 miles (390.4 km) between Woolwich and Calais. The smoothness of its paved surface varies; compared to many other Maine roads, it’s seldom particularly rough. On the highway itself, among the many scenic and photographic highlights are Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary, Camden Hills State Park, Moose Point State Park, Fort Knox State Historic Site, and Cobscook Bay State Park — be sure to bring a camera! If visitors have the time and the desire to see and savor coastal Maine, US 1 is the place to be.

9  Thank mainemountainbear
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