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Acadia Byway- Fog is a common site along this byway, muting the landscape with its romantically gray mists. In the midday sun, the sea's bright blue surface is studded with colorful lobster buoys, and at sundown, the sea glows in soft pinks, mauves, and gold.
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway- Traveling this byway feels like stepping into a snapshot of the past. Visitors pass through villages and outposts that are almost the same as they were at the turn of the century. Remote and unspoiled, this neck of the Maine woods is a spectacular place.
Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway- The Rangeley Lakes region is extraordinary country. Mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests meet to form unusual beauty and peace. It is a place where wildlife from moose to eagles have space to roam -- a place where wild trout and salmon thrive.
Schoodic Scenic Byway- The Schoodic Scenic Byway in northeastern Maine is one of the last frontiers on the eastern seaboard. Unspoiled, it passes through a landscape of lobstering, clamming, blueberry fields, eagles, and historic buildings and lighthouses.
State Route 11- Route 11 lies in the Fish River Valley in Aroostook County near the Fish River.
State Route 17- Route 17 in the Rangeley Lakes region lies in the wester mountains of the State of Maine.
State Route 182- Route 182 is in the Washington and Hancock Counties. It is just inland from the coast and has access to bodies of water.
State Route 26- State Route 26 passes through Grafton State Park and near the Bear River.
State Route 27- Route 27 crosses the Appalachian Trail and has access to the Carrabassett River.
State Route 4- Route 4 in the Rangeley Lakes Region provides access to the Sandy River and white-water rafting.
U.S. Route 1- Route 1 provides beautiful views of Peekaboo Mountain and the Grand Lake. This is a densely populated wildlife area.

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Description - Maine has one All-American Road, Acadia Byway, in addition to three National Scenic Byways, and seven scenic routes which have been designated by the state.

Fog is a common site along Acadia Byway, muting the landscape with its romantically gray mists. In the midday sun, the sea's bright blue surface is studded with colorful lobster buoys. Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway and Schoodic Scenic Byway make up the three National Scenic Byways in the state.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - The climate in this northern state is cool year round. Summer high temperatures average near 75 degrees F, but often reach 90 degrees in the southern portion of the state. Summer evenings are cool and a sweater is usually necessary. Fall is usually dry with crisp days and cool nights. Expect nighttime temperatures to reach into the high 30s, especially in the northern regions of the state. This weather brings spectacular foliage colors between early September and late October. Winter can be long and gray in Maine, but recreation opportunities abound to beat the cold. Average daytime temperatures from December through March remain close to 20 degrees F. Nighttime temperatures can dip below zero. Spring is usually wet with snowmelt and rains. Moderate temperatures between 45 and 60 degrees F can be expected during the day.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.

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Maine - The beautiful state of Maine is mostly rural and encompasses a great variety of landscapes. There are over 5,000 miles of gorgeous surf-crashing coastline, majestic mountains, cold rushing streams and rivers, crushed seashell beaches and picturesque island-dotted glistening lakes.


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