Beyond the Byway

No matter which direction one turns from the “finish line”, the Byway traveler will enjoy the cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational opportunities and the natural beauty of the many communities located beyond the byway.
freshwater swimming
Swimming in the Downeast Lakes
The Byway provides a critical connecting link in the Two Nation Vacation route between Eastern Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. The Bold Coast Scenic Byway is an essential journey for travelers who truly want to Experience Maritime Maine. The Bold Coast Scenic Byway is also part of a larger loop of several scenic byways in the Downeast and Acadia regions, including the Acadia All American Road, the Schoodic Scenic Byway, and the Black Woods Scenic Byway.
St. Croix Island International Park
St. Croix Island International Park
Byway travelers can continue northeast on Route 1 and explore the 45th parallel marker, St. Croix Island International Historic Site, and Devil’s Head Conservation Area. The international riverfront sister cities of Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick are both walkable service center communities featuring walking trails, boutiques, and historic downtowns. Calais and St. Stephen together host the International Homecoming Festival, and serve as the main crossing point for the ultimate “Two-nation Vacation.” Calais and St. Stephen also share the international boundary of the St. Croix River. From Calais, travelers may choose to spend more time in the eastern region and head directly into the Province of New Brunswick, Canada to explore more coastal communities such as the city of Saint John; or travelers may continue north along Route 1 to access the many cultural, scenic, and recreational opportunities in the Crown of Maine, Aroostook County. Immediately north of Calais on Route 1 travelers enter the historic industrial logging community of Baileyville and the lakeside recreation destination of Princeton. Adjacent to Princeton is Indian Township, another Reservation of the Bold Coast region Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum is open to the public and occasionally offers workshops. Indian Township is home to several nationally known basket makers whose work (and MUCH more!) are easily accessible at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor.
Downeast Lakes Sunset
Downeast Lakes Sunset
  Winter and summer both inspire diverse out-door opportunities in these water-and forest-dominated landscapes around the Grand Lake Stream region. A journey to Grand Lake Stream, the Unorganized Territories, and the Downeast Lakes regions offers an intact and accessible wilderness experience like no other, and the Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival is a renowned cultural event not to be missed.
University of Maine's Ukelele Club at the Grand Lake Stream Fold Art Festival
University of Maine's Ukelele Club at the Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival
Route 9 west from Calais toward Bangor takes the traveler through a rolling landscape of forests dotted with lakes and blueberry fields. Distant views are of mountains and windmills. In Alexander a short side trip down the Davis Road leads to the Alexander Art Trail, a peaceful walk in the forest amongst an exhibit of hand-carved oak sculptures. From Route 9 in Beddington, Route 193 South travels through the heart of Wyman’s wild blueberry country back toward Cherryfield, where the Bold Coast Scenic Byway meets the Blackwoods Scenic Byway and creates a loop back to Ellsworth, Acadia and the rest of Maine.
Downeast Scenic Railroad Tour, Ellsworth
Downeast Scenic Railroad Tour, Ellsworth
Just west of the original starting point in Milbridge, Route 1 passes through the town of Steuben (home of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge) which links the Bold Coast Scenic Byway and the Schoodic Scenic Byway, and eventually winds its way back to Ellsworth, where the traveler accesses Bar Harbor, Bangor, Belfast, and beyond.
Bass Harbor Sunset
Bass Harbor Sunset

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