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Kim Seng
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  • States:
    Maine
    Massachusetts

Whether it’s draped in spring wildflowers or fall foliage, Maine’s rocky coastline is beautiful no matter the season.

Peppered with dozens of tiny islands and lined with a handful of quaint seaside towns, the Atlantic shores of this northeastern state have plenty to offer. Exploring coastal Maine is easy: All you need is a car, a week and an adventurous spirit.

Starting Point: Boston, Massachusetts

BostonMassachusetts, makes a great starting point for a drive along Maine’s coast: Flying into Boston’s Logan International Airport will grant you easy access to a variety of rental-car agencies, not to mention all that the city has to offer. Before hitting the road, spend a day or two discovering Boston’s historic sites; follow the Freedom Trail to learn more about the city’s significant role in the American War of Independence (which took place in the late 1700s). To get a feel for modern-day Boston, spend some time perusing the shops along Newbury Street or indulging in the city’s exceptional cuisine.

Start your trip in Boston, Massachusetts, where you can enjoy a bounty of historic sites, shops and restaurants before hitting the open road.

Start your trip in Boston, Massachusetts, where you can enjoy a bounty of historic sites, shops and restaurants before hitting the open road.
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Day 1: Boston to Kennebunkport

When you’re ready to hit the road, opt for the scenic route. Traveling north of Boston on U.S. Route 1 rather than Interstate 95 will lead you through numerous charming New England towns right along the coast. Follow Route 1 roughly 145 kilometers northeast of Boston and you’ll find yourself in Kennebunkport, Maine, a popular vacation spot for some of the USA’s most influential politicians.

Stately mansions perch on jagged cliffs overlooking the ocean, and the adjacent beaches make for scenic strolls year-round (come prepared with a jacket to ward off chilly sea breezes). After you’ve had your fill of fresh air, sit down to dinner at one of many the charming restaurants in the area, such as Stripers Waterside Restaurant (featuring local seafood, with beautiful view