America's Best Fall Color Drives
Starting Point: Portland
The Route: 450 miles.
What to Expect: The upper reaches of U.S. Route 1 are filled with seaside mansions, striking foliage, and lighthouses set on craggy peninsulas.
Where to Stop: Cape Elizabeth, for lobster rolls at the Lobster Shack at Two Lights; Acadia National Park’s 5 1/2-mile Sargent Mountain Loop hiking trail; off-the-beaten-path coastal towns such as Stonington and Bath; Kennebunkport, for its historic feel and low-key clam shacks.
Stay: The light-filled Inn at English Meadows ($$), in Kennebunk, is an ideal base.