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The Most Scenic Drives To Take In Maine
The 21-mile Grafton Notch Scenic Byway (Route 26) starts at Newry and heads toward the New Hampshire Scenic Byway, passing Grafton Notch State Park, Mother Walk Falls, and Screw Auger Falls. Stop along the way for hiking trails, Lake Umbagog, the Mahoosuc mountain range, or one of the many swimming holes along Bear River.
Grafton Notch Scenic Byway
The 92 miles of Saint John Valley Byway passes by dense forests with moose and eagles, as well as traditional villages and small towns where local communities embrace their old ways of living. Portage Lake or Eagle Lake are great for fishing, boating, hiking, or camping, and you can stop at history-rich museums along the way.
Saint John Valley Byway
The 60-mile Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway (Route 113) cuts across the White Mountain National Forest, offering you a chance to view wildlife or mind-blowing fall foliage — or you can try snowmobiling, fishing, kayaking, or swimming, depending on the season. This route also has waterfalls, rivers, and lakes along the way.
Pequawket Trail
The 89-mile Waters National Scenic Byway drive starts in Baxter State Park and ends at Mount Katahdin, where you can hike the Appalachian Trail. Explore exciting attractions along the route such as Shin Falls, Ambejejus Boomhouse Museum, Ash Hill, Debsconeag Ice Caves, Patten Lumbermen's Museum, and Grindstone Falls.
Waters National Scenic Byway
Enjoy a unique combination of the sea, mountains, historic sites, and museums along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. Explore the Schoodic Peninsula to learn shipbuilding and angling, go to the Lobster Festival, bird watch at Schoodic Peninsula, and visit Prospect Harbor Lighthouse, Frazer Point Picnic Area, and Tidal Falls.
Schoodic National Scenic Byway