Maine US Route 1, the easternmost continuous highway in the United States, begins in Ft. Kent, Maine at the Clair-Ft. Kent Bridge. It follows the Canadian border down to Calais and then heads southwest, along the scenic Maine coastline. Many towns and villages have a scenic route, designated route A1A that runs closer to the ocean’s edge. The rocky shores of the eastern Maine coast gradually offer a few small beaches between Calais and Rockport, most notably Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. Regardless of the season, the Atlantic Ocean off the coast off Maine is always icy cold and not known for swimming. Acadia National Park is a wildly beautiful place with everything a National Park should have: wild surf, rocky cliffs, carriage roads to walk or ride bikes on, a mountain can be climbed in car and incredible vistas of islands just off shore. Rockland, Camden and Boothbay Harbor are all right on Route 1 and are a Mecca for antique hunters, kayakers, golfers, birders, sailing and small town festivities; not to mention a great place to have a real “lobstah dinnah”. Freeport is Maine’s outlet shopping heaven. L.L. Bean opened his shop here in Freeport many years ago and it’s grown to enormous proportions. All major stores have an outlet here in Freeport, taking advantage of L.L. Bean’s draw. Once you are below Casco Bay, the beaches abound. Beautiful white sands that stretch for miles can be found in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport-home of the Bush’s compound, Walker’s Point. Ogunquit Beach, Moody Beach and Wells beach are all lovely beaches and are generally not crowded. The most famous of the beaches is Old Orchard Beach, knows by the natives as simply OOB. Kids, young and old love OOB’s boardwalk, food and rides and the seven mile wide beach. You’re not far from the New Hampshire coast here; a bridge over the Portsmouth River and you’re there.
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