Driving Highway 1

Maine, 100 miles

Jun 30, 2009
Outside Magazine

In summer, the southern section of this byway becomes a choked thoroughfare for tourists taking the "scenic route" to Acadia National Park. But the 100-mile stretch north of Mount Desert Island hugs the same coastline and is mostly empty. Leave the masses at the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, the last mainland stop before Acadia, and drive 83 miles to Whiting, where you'll head east for a coastal detour on 191. After 32 miles you'll see the lighthouse at Quoddy Head State Park, the easternmost point in the U.S. Back on 1, hit Cobscook Bay State Park, home to some of the world's highest tides (24 feet). PIT STOPS: Get your paddling fix in Machias Bay at Sunrise Canoe and Kayak ($55; sunrisecanoeandkayak.com). At Cobscook, stick around for low tide. Pick up a hoe and roller (a half-bushel basket) at the ranger station and dig up a dozen soft-shell clams. It's a messy affair, but, pan-boiled in beer, they're unreal.

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