Maine is famous for its rugged coastline, beautiful lakes and rivers, and stunning mountains. Motorcyclists can enjoy mile after mile of scenic, fun rides in this state and then fill up at a diner on the local, fresh lobster that Maine is famous for or with a cup of creamy New England clam chowder.
With a name like the Million Dollar View Scenic Byway, a road better deliver gorgeous views, and this short eight-mile stretch -- which is also known as US Route 1 – lives up to its moniker. This byway offers bikers prime views of the Chiputneticook chain of lakes – the East Grand, Deering and Brackett – as it passes by Peekaboo Mountain’s summit. Wildlife abounds on this route, which runs between Danforth and Orient, so bikers do need to wary.
Motorcyclists who enjoy their scenery mixed with some twisties should head over to the northern section of Route 201, which stretches from Fairfield to Jackman. This 130-mile route curves through the picturesque Kenebec River Valley, following the sinuous paths of the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. This beautiful route is easy to reach, motorcyclists just need to take I-95 to Route 201 North. The northern part of this route is also referred to as the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.
Yet another scenic route just waiting for motorcyclists to enjoy it is the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway, which is about 35 miles long. This route travels through western Maine, past stunning lakes and charming New England villages. Motorcyclists can reach this route from Auburn by taking Route 4 north until they reach Madrid. Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway begins just north of Madrid at Smalls Falls.
One of Maine’s most popular routes with motorcyclists is the Grafton Notch Scenic Byway, which can be ridden in conjunction with a New Hampshire scenic byway to form a loop that cuts through stunning Grafton Notch State Park. This road, which is also known as State Route 26, is located in western Maine. Scenic State Route 26 is approximately 21 miles long and features some twisties and elevation changes. To get to this byway, riders can start from the town of Newry, which is about six miles away from Bethel. From Newry, motorcyclists will take Route 26 north/northwest to Grafton Notch State Park.
Motorcyclists seeking a taste of the famous Maine coastline will want to take a spin on Routes 131 and 73. Route 131 offers up a nice selection of twisties, sweepers and even some elevation changes. You can pick up Route 131 in Swanville and take it to its end in Port Clyde, which is an approximately 59-mile ride. Some riders prefer to start this ride on Route 73 out of Rockland instead of starting in Swanville. Route 73 is also another very scenic road. These two roads travel through some quaint coastal villages and offer pretty glimpses of the sea.
Another route that will take you along Maine’s gorgeous coast is the 35-mile Mount Desert Island Loop. Mount Desert Island is home to gorgeous Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. This winding route boasts both beautiful mountain and ocean views, as well as some minor elevation changes to keep things interesting for riders. It can be crowded during peak tourism times, but its stunning views make it worth the effort.
To reach this very pretty route, riders take Bar Harbor Road to the Hulls Cove entrance of Acadia National Park. This will put motorcyclists on Paradise Hill Road, which they will continue on until they cross State Route 233. Here, the road changes its name to Jordan Pond Road. Riders continue on this road until they reach the split for the Park Loop Road, where they will bear left to remain on Park Loop. Riders can continue on this road as it turns northward to form a loop or they can choose to split off on any of the many other roads that crisscross this island.
Maine also has numerous motorcycle events throughout the year, including rallies, rides and vintage motorcycle shows. One event that Harley lovers will want to check out is the three-day Maine State HOG Rally, which is held in Greenville in July and features live music and lots of vendor booths.
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