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Driving up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain at 5:30 in the morning during the summer to catch the first rays of the sun.
Coal Township, Pennsylvania
Sargent Drive, along the eastern side of Somes Sound in Northeast Harbor. One summer I lived in Southwest Harbor and drove to work in Northeast Harbor. I purposely drove this stretch instead of Route 3. Every morning I thought how lucky I was that I made this incredibly beautiful commute while everyone else was stuck on some lousy highway elsewhere.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
The prettiest Maine drive for these Ohioans is the back road from Rockport to Camden, past the belted Galloway cows standing among the buttercups in their pasture, and ending on Bay View Street along the coast of Camden. We take this drive when we visit Maine each year.
Joanne and Jerry Ritter
From Brunswick down Route 123, across Mountain Road Bridge, over to Route 24, then down to our little cottage on Bailey Island. We drive four hundred miles from New Jersey to get there a few weeks a year, and that last ten miles is our big reward for coming all that way!
Fair Haven, New Jersey
Through downtown Portland and up Munjoy Hill to the Promenade for those beautiful sweeping views of Casco Bay. We call it “the drive,” and we make it at the beginning and end of every visit to Maine.
Maureen Stultz King
One of the most beautiful autumn drives is from Greenville to Kokadjo. Just a short sixteen miles, but the colors are like a paintbrush streaked across the trees. And the views across Moosehead Lake along Blair Hill are stunning. I live among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, but Maine is still the most beautiful place in the U.S. to me!
It depends upon your definition of “pretty,” but to the sports car enthusiast looking for fun, River Road between Newcastle and Route 27 in Boothbay, with its twists and turns and ups and downs, is hard to beat.
Parker Point Road from Blue Hill to South Blue Hill, then Route 175 south to Brooklin. One passes freshwater ponds covered with water lilies, saltwater inlets on Parker Point, and then drop-dead island vistas on the causeway towards Stevens Bridge.
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Location: West Quoddy Head, Lubec
The Moment: Late afternoon sunlight casts long shadows on the landscape at West Quoddy Head Light. There’s a slight chill in the air replacing the warm summer afternoon temperatures, a reminder that autumn is slowly approaching.