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Ten Great Maine Foliage Drives

The Best Roads in Maine for Great Leaf Peeping

foliage guide by regionMaine’s foliage season runs roughly from mid-September to mid-October, but this varies widely depending on weather, topography and geography. During this time, the deciduous trees of Maine begin their colorful transformation.Columbus Day Weekend is often the focal point of fall foliage excursions although “peak colors” usually arrive well before the end of October in most of northern and central Maine.

New England is known the world over for it’s stunning fall foliage color palette, and Maine is no exception to this unique beauty. From the rugged coastline and lonesome lighthouses to quaint fishing villages and fiery mountains, you can find ther perfect area to view Maine’s foliage in it’s full beauty. Here are ten wonderful foliage drives:

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Maine’s Favorite Foliage Drives

acadia national park look foliage drive

Acadia National Park Loop Road

This three hour tour, located in the Downeast region of Maine, offers stunning views of Cadillac Mountain, the highest elevation on the Eastern Seaboard. This stunning drive will take you through Sand Beach, Jordan Pond and Thunder Hole, and provide breathtaking views of Maine’s rugged coastline.

arrostook northern tour foliage drive

Aroostook Northern Tour

This six hour drive begins north of Bangor on I-95 to Route 6, and takes you through Maine’s "potato region" before leading you to Howland, Maine. Many parts of this foliage drive offer rugged and mostly uninhabited scenery.

katahdin moosehead lake foliage drive

Katahdin Moosehead Trip

This six hour trip will take you past beautiful Moosehead Lake, Moxie Falls, and Mount Kineo. You begin the journey on Route 201 in Skowhegan and head up Route 15 towards Jackman, before hitting Route 7, Route 2 and Route 151 to the Moosehead Lake region and returns back to Skowhegan via Route 150 from Athens.

belgrade lakes foliage drive

Belgrade Lakes Drive

This approximately 3.5 hour trip starts on Route 201 in Maine’s capital, Augusta, takes you through the Winthrop and Belgrade Lakes region of Maine and returns you once again to Augusta via Route 27.

western lakes ski area foliage drive

Western Lakes Ski Mountain Route

This approximately 3.5 hour trip starts on Route 1 and finishes on Route 218 in Farmington, Maine – the gateway to ski country. Tour past Maine’s biggest ski resorts and witness the fiery glow of the mountains.

penobscot bay foliage drives

Castine & Penobscot Bay

This two hour foliage drive loops from Route 1 in Ellsworth, Maine, past the Maine Maritime Academy, into the Penobscot Bay region, and returns you back to Ellsworth on Route 172. You will see many quaint fishing villages and spectacular harbor views.

midcoast main coastal foliage drives

Midcoast Maine Coastal Drive

This three hour drive starts and ends in Wiscasset, all the while taking you along the classic Maine coastline. Stop for a bite to eat in Camden and be sure to drive to the top of Mount Battie for even more spectacular views. Take Route 1 to Newcastle, catch Route 130 to Route 32 north, then onto Route 220, Route 97 and Route 1 again to reach Camden.

western maine loop foliage drives

Western Maine Loop

This 3.5 hour drive starts near the New Hampshire border in Fryeberg and loops across Route 302 and Route 117, then onto Route 118, Route 219, Route 26 into Bethel, Route 2, Route 113, and finally Route 5. Be sure to check out the scenery on the western shore of Lake Kezar before returning to Fryeberg.

southern maine corner circle foliage drive

The Southern Corner Circle

This two hour tour will not only delight you with it’s bright colors, but will also introduce you to fabulous apple orchards and some fascinating historical sites. Start in Sanford, Maine, take Route 202 into Hollis Center, head north to Standish, west to Porter, south to Limerick, and return to Stanford.

main mountain tour foliage drive

Maine Mountain Tour

Transport yourself to the heart of Maine’s mountain region on this three hour drive. View the Appalachian Trail, Mother Walker Falls, and Grafton State Park as you travel a loop route to and from Rumford, Maine. Travel along Route 2 to Route 26 and Errol, then continue along Route 16, Route 4 and Route 17. In Mexico, you’ll pick up Route 2 again to Rumford.

 

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Aroostook County ME Fall Foliage Drives
Fort Kent, Houlton, Presque Isle, Fort Fairfield, Madawaska
Downeast & Acadia ME Fall Foliage Drives
Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Eastport, Lubec, Cherryfield, Machias
Greater Portland & Casco Bay ME Fall Foliage Drives
Portland, Freeport, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth
Kennebec & Moose River Valley ME Fall Foliage Drives
Augusta, Skowhegan, Waterville, The Forks
Lakes & Mountains ME Fall Foliage Drives
Auburn, Lewiston, Norway, Bethel, Farmington, Naples
Midcoast Maine Fall Foliage Drives
Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Brunswick, Belfast, Searsport
South Coastal ME Fall Foliage Drives
Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells, York
Katahdin & Moosehead ME Fall Foliage Drives
Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono, Baxter State Park

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