Fall foliage - Maine's fall colors look spectacular
Maine's fall colors are starting to dazzle. Where to drive to see the best fall foliage? Northern Maine is providing the best color.
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Next up, a 68 mile trip to the town of Portage and another picturesque drive. You're still on Route 11 but for the next 38 miles it's known as the Fish River Scenic Byway. Traffic? Not much. Panoramic views? Most definitely.Skip to next paragraph
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At Fort Kent, you'll switch over to Route 1 and for most of the next 43 miles, you'll be hugging the border of Canada. Possible diversions are the Four Corners Park in Madawaska and the Acadian Village in Van Buren.
Once in the town of Van Buren, you'll drive through Caribou and Presque Isle before eventually connecting at I-95 at the town of Houlton.
Just a few miles south of Presque Isle, Jackson recommends stopping by Stewart’s Farm to stock up on pumpkins, apples, potatoes, gourds and other Autumn essentials. But there are plenty of “help yourself” farms along this loop as well, she says. That’s where you purchase what you need and make your deposit in a lock-box. The trust system is alive and well in this part of the country.
The whole loop is about 250 miles. Google Maps says it will take you about five hours and 15 minutes. But that's if you're going non-stop -- and what fun is that?
Jackson says that this loop will take you the full day. Not because of traffic -- there's not much. That's an advantage she says about Northern Maine. You get the same beautiful views as in other areas of New England (she'll argue more beautiful) but without the congestion.
"It'll be a great weekend up here," Jackson said. "It's almost peaking. I'm looking out my window right now and it's pretty much here."
By the way, on your way back down, instead of taking I-95, you may want to consider taking Route 2 south. Phil Savignano, senior tourism specialist for the Maine Department of Tourism, says that could provide a great finale to the trip.
"This should give you some spectacular views of Mount Katahdin," he said, noting that the highest mountain in the state probably has sprinklings of snow on its peak.
"You will see unbelievable colors," he said.
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