Route 1: The Atlantic Highway
Last week, we highlighted one of the most scenic drives in the country, Route 101, the Pacific Coast Highway. This week, we’re taking a look at another beautiful trip, this time on the opposite coast: Route 1 runs the entire length of the East Coast, from Fort Keith, Maine at the Canadian border all the way down to Key West, Florida, making it popular for tourists and intermodal freight transporters both.
At the northernmost section of the drive, Route 1 follows closely along the Maine Coastline. You’ll see all the quintessential New England scenery: windswept coasts, rocky shores, fishermen’s barges, and lighthouses overlooking the ocean. A particular highlight is the 12-mile stretch between Danforth and Orient, Maine, a drive so beloved it has been nicknamed the “Million Dollar View.” You might be inclined to agree when you see Grand Lake and Peakaboo Mountain passing by your windows.
Along the way, be sure to stop at Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park along Cape Elizabeth. The Portland is the oldest lighthouse in Maine, dating all the way back to 1791. Or stop in the Seashore Trolley Museum, the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum with more than 250 trolley cars from all over history. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Maine without eating at the Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, where you can spend a meal or a whole day enjoying the marine wildlife both on and off your plate.