Starting along Maine's Million Dollar View Scenic Byway and winding down the Eastern coast, discover history and grandeur on the course of some of America's first scenic routes.
The incredible scenery starts in Danforth, Maine. Since the surroundings are so gorgeous, why not make the most of them and camp out right in the middle of it all? Greenland Cove Campground has the quaint lakeshore atmosphere that will have you really feeling like you're truly getting away from it all.
Then hop on the Million Dollar View Scenic Byway. It's eight miles of pure, unadulterated, all-natural bliss. Climb Peekaboo Mountain and peer into New Brunswick, Canada over Grand Lake. You'll want to plan to pull over and take a moment to appreciate each new view!
Cruise along Maine's breathtaking coast on the Schoodic Scenic Byway. Stop at ocean coves, historic, New England coast-style buildings, lighthouses, picturesque harbors bobbing with boats, and more along the way. The main attraction, though, is Schoodic Point... visit at high tide and feel the mist from the surf on your skin!
From there, veer off the coast but keep to the backroads. Ministerial Road takes you through forests, past babbling brooks and streams, and through scenic wetlands. The stone walls you'll see along the way are remnants from the old farms that once occupied this land not-so-long ago!
You'll find more priceless views along the Old King's Highway along Cape Cod. Lighthouses, breezy beaches, and, of course, those small New England towns for which Cape Cod is so famous, line the byway. It has a rich history as well: Pilgrims, sailors, and even Presidents have traveled this road in the past.
End your New England adventure along New Hampshire's short-but-stunning stretch of coast. See a prime example of the late 18th and early 19th century architecture at the famed Wentworth-By-the-Sea Hotel and get into the vacation spirit at Hampton Beach, the lovely little resort town that attracts people looking for a perfect coastal getaway.
It's not hard to see why the New England coast was a getaway for the Gilded Age millionaires; the views really are priceless.