Here are the Most Beautiful Maine Scenic Drives

During your stay on Deer Isle, admire the breathtaking forest landscapes, waterfront views, and meandering meadows that surround you. The sweeping beauty extends along the Downeast coast. The blend of natural elements set the scene for a dreamy scenic drive through Maine. Hop in the car, roll the windows down (or leave them up if it’s chilly), and enjoy the views as you make your way along the coastline. Explore our gorgeous region which boasts quiet coastal forests, vibrant beach and boating towns, as well as crisp, fresh air.

You will feel inspired and rejuvenated after your journey along one of these Maine scenic drives. Download our comprehensive vacation guide for more thoughtful suggestions on places to explore and things to do!

Acadia Byway

This coastal zig-zag is one of the most popular Maine scenic byways, extending along the gorgeous waterfront of the Atlantic Ocean and providing incredible views of forests, cliffs, beaches, and more. On a map, the 3-hour route along the Acadia Byway looks like a maze of roads. However, it intends to direct you to the most beautiful sights along this coastal drive. Follow along the edge for the most spectacular views. This is a road that you want to get lost on; there’s no prettier place!

Along the Acadia Byway, you will discover a variety of attractions, from the Anemone Cave and Thunder Hole Bar Harbor and Sand Beach. Cadillac Mountain is a grand player along the craggy coast, standing as the highest East Coast peak north of Rio de Janeiro. It also serves as a fantastic foothold for the first glimpse of the sunrise each morning. Other features along this popular selection of Maine’s scenic drives include the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Abbe Museum, and Mount Desert Oceanarium.

Blue Hill Peninsula

Who says your Maine scenic drives have to span an entire coastline? A shorter trek along the Blue Hill Peninsula will take you through Sedgwick, Brooksville, and Brooklin and can carry you along to Blue Hill, Penobscot, and Castine before looping back around. You will experience the essence of coastal Maine without fighting the crowds. Off the beaten path, this choice of Maine scenic drives will provide a rolling landscape dotted with granite, spruce, ponds, farmsteads, and artistic barn houses.

You will get an authentic taste of picturesque Maine as you circle the peninsula. Discover hand-dyed silk and wool at the Eggemoggin Textile Studio and “the world’s smallest bookstore” at Pushcart Press Bookstore in Sedgwick. In Brooklin, stop by Betsy’s Sunflower for intriguing gifts, books, and garden goods. Indulge in the Sow’s Ear Winery in Brooksville for blueberry, chokecherry, and rhubarb wines. Buck’s Harbor Market is also another great stop to pick up picnic fixings and sandwiches for your lunch-break adventures!

Relax, Restore, and Explore at Pilgrim’s Inn

Pilgrim Inn's cozy roadside Room 3After your road trip exploring the best of Maine’s scenic drives, hit your brakes for Pilgrim’s Inn and rest your head for the night. Curl up in your luxurious yet charming room and then wake up in the morning to a delicious hand-prepared breakfast. Relax your body, restore your mind, and explore our gorgeous property.

Our Room 3 option makes for a cozy roadside room to call home for an evening. This room is perfect for one person traveling solo or a couple on a romantic getaway. We can’t wait to make your dream vacation a reality!