How to Plan the Best Route 1 Maine Road Trip

Buckle up — it’s time to hit the road! On your next visit to Boothbay Harbor, don’t leave out any of the best stops. Planning a Route 1 Maine road trip is the perfect way to ensure that you don’t miss anything that Maine has to offer. Before you fill up your tank, don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and activities, our guide is an incredible resource for planning a vacation that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. It’s time to explore Maine like never before.

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US Route 1 Maine Road Trip

Where to Start

Whether you’re planning a trip from PA to Maine, Ohio to Maine, or Boston to Maine, one of the best road trips on the East Coast awaits. There really isn’t a bad place to start. Route 1 works its way up the rugged New England coastline, passing some of the country’s most stunning scenery and charming towns along the way. Continue reading for help building your Route 1 itinerary. 

Small Town Charm

As you make your way toward Boothbay Harbor, spending an afternoon strolling the streets of some of the Northeast’s most historic towns is a great way to break up your trip. Maybe the calm waters and airy atmosphere of Kennebunkport are calling your name. Rockland is another one of the area’s towns that offers more than meets the eye. Take a detour and enjoy Main Street shopping, casual lunch spots, and unparalleled small-town appeal.

The Best Big Cities

If you’re looking for a way to add some excitement to your getaway before you arrive in Boothbay Harbor, there are a few big cities on Route 1 that are worth a pit stop. (The longer your trip, the better!) Depending on where you start, Route 1 can take you through D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Portland.

Route 1 Attractions

Make the most out of your trip by enjoying some of the East Coast’s top attractions. On your next road trip, Camden Hills State Park (Camden), Farnsworth Museum of Art (Rockland), and the Marine Maritime Museum (Bath) are all great options.

Route 1 Restaurants

Whether you need a quick grab-and-go lunch spot or just crossed the border and want some fresh Maine Lobster, there is no shortage of delicious restaurants on Route 1. Some of the options include Elda, Home Kitchen Cafe, and Muddy Rudder.

Where to Stay on Your Next Maine Getaway

View of Room 8 at Topside Inn with paintings from Allen Bunker Fine Art

Before you leave home for Boothbay Harbor, you should probably lock down the perfect place to stay. Luckily, we have it all covered for you. We’d like to invite you to stay at the Topside Inn and relax in style with accommodations that are inspired by the beauty of Maine’s coastline. Guests will also enjoy a long list of world-class amenities and friendly service. You’ll love admiring our well-maintained gardens and gazing out at the sunsets over the harbor from the Adirondack chairs on our lawn after a long day. 

In the morning, we’ll have a homemade, gourmet breakfast waiting for you. We use local ingredients for our breakfasts, including ingredients that are sourced directly from our gardens. It doesn’t get much fresher than that! Take your next Maine getaway to new heights by booking your stay now.

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