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America's Best Fall Color Drives

America's Best Fall Color Drives: Maine

Christopher Churchill

Coastal Maine

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.

—Bree Sposato

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