Foliage drives in New England
Downtown villages and vistas
Directions: Begin this tour in Ellsworth and head up Route 1 to West Gouldsboro, then take Route 186 south to Winter Harbor and follow the loop road around the Schoodic Peninsula. This lesser-known part of Acadia National Park is home to granite cliffs with views of Mt. Desert Island. From Winter Harbor, continue on 186 to Prospect Harbor and Gouldsboro, where the Bartlett Estate Winery makes blueberry, apple and pear wines, and offers tasting tours. Continue north on Route 1 to Milbridge and then Cherryfield (right), the "Blueberry Capital of the World." Continue on Route 1 north then take 187 south to Jonesport and Beals Island, which together make up Maine's largest lobstering fleet. Head north on 187 back to Route 1 and continue north to Jonesboro, where you can stretch your legs at the pebbles beach of Roque Bluffs State Park. Head east on Route 191 to Route 189 and head for the town of Lubec, where you can explore Quoddy Head State Park. From Lubec, head west on Route 189 to Route 1 in Whiting. Take 1 north to Perry, stopping along the way at Cobscook Bay State Park and the Reversing Falls in Pembroke, where you might be able to spot some seals in the water. From Perry, take Route 190 east to Eastport, the eastern-most city in the nation. Take 190 north back to Perry, then cut over Route 1 south to to 214, then 191 to Baring. From there, head down Route 9 through Wesley and to Beddington. Route 9 continues to Aurora, where you pick up Route 179 back to Ellsworth.
Round trip distance: ~ 200 miles
When to go: Early to mid-OctoberDrive provided by www.VisitMaine.com.