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Fall Foliage Driving Tours: Maine

See Stunning Foliage on These Scenic Fall Drives in Maine

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Updated February 13, 2014
The vast interior of Maine is a wonderland for fall foliage seekers, and even along the coast, the fall color change can be observed and appreciated. These Maine fall foliage driving tours lead to a variety of scenic places that are even more spectacular when fall foliage season arrives.

Georgetown Island Driving Tour
Detour off Coastal Route 1 in Bath for a chance to see quiet fishing villages, ocean views and foliage, too.

Portland to Rangeley Lake Driving Tour
Set out from Portland for a day of leaf peeping. The last leg of this journey is one of Maine's most cherished fall drives. Route 17 winds along the Swift River and leads to the shimmering scene of leaves reflected in Rangeley Lake. Along the way, don't miss the stunning panorama of mountains and lakes known as Height of Land.

Scenic Fall Foliage Drive from Portland to Freeport
Freeport is a quick, 20-minute drive up Interstate-95 from Portland, but to get the best look at the foliage, try this route instead.

Warren Fall Foliage Loop
This fall driving tour that begins and ends in Warren, Maine, takes in lakes, mountains and more as it travels across the Appleton Ridge and into Camden via backroads.

Wiscasset to Thomaston Driving Tour
Wiscasset has been called the "prettiest village in Maine," so why not set out from here in search of all the state is known for. Along this drive, you'll see a lighthouse, a fishing village, historic coastal towns and venerable oak and maple trees sporting their new fall hues.

Acadia Harbors and Heights Driving Tour
Set out from Bangor en route to one of Maine's most scenic and popular places, Acadia National Park. Before your day of fall foliage viewing is through, you'll also visit Deer Isle and Stonington, one of the state's most authentic fishing villages. Keep in mind that fall color arrives early in this part of Maine.

Antiques and Boutiques Driving Tour
It's tough to time a trip to coincide with peak foliage, so it's always a good idea to plan your trip around more than just leaves. This driving tour in southern coastal Maine will allow you to mix peeping with shopping.

Cruising Old Canada Road
From Frommer's, here's a description of what you'll see as you drive along Old Canada Road (Route 201), a National Scenic Byway in northwestern Maine, this fall. You'll be tracing the path along the Kennebec River once followed by Benedict Arnold on his way to lay siege to Quebec.

Downeast Villages and Vistas
The farther north you travel, the earlier the leaves change. If you're an early peeper, consider this Downeast Maine tour, which takes in both coastal scenes and inland views of crimson blueberry barrens.

Franklin Heritage Loop
You may want to split this scenic trip over two days, especially if you enjoy fly fishing, golfing or hiking. It takes in some of Maine's most dramatic fall foliage in the western part of the state.

Maples and Mountains Driving Tour
This fall driving loop in the Western Lakes and Mountains region of Maine is breathtaking in the fall.

Windjammers and Water Views
You'll see some of Maine's most charming coastal towns on this drive, which begins in Brunswick. There's also foliage to see in this region, where rolling hills and mountains meet the sea.

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