Scenic Byways & Self-Guided Driving Tours

Take in the length and breadth of the scenic splendor and vibrant history and culture of Bold Coast communities, all at your own pace.

The Bold Coast region is rich in scenic beauty, from our dramatic rocky coastline to our sparkling inland lakes. Three Scenic Byways, a Scenic Bikeway, and numerous self-guided driving tours showcase the finest from a plethora of cultural and recreational opportunities available on the Bold Coast.

Our Scenic Byways include:

Bold Coast Scenic Byway – A 125-mile coastal route that invites visitors to explore the culture, history, wildlife, and rugged beauty of DownEast Maine, including fishing villages, lakes, forests, farms, and blueberry barrens.

Black Woods Scenic Byway – This 12.5-mile route winds through rugged glacially formed lakes and erratic boulders, and provides plenty of access to fishing, swimming, paddling, and rugged hiking trails with panoramic vistas toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Schoodic National Scenic Byway – Weaves through 27 miles of fishing communities and breathtaking coastal scenery, including the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, lighthouses, and historic architecture.

Each of these self-guided driving tours offer detailed maps and online guides to help you choose your own touring adventure.

Maine Lighthouse Trail – Tour some of the 27 lighthouses located in Downeast Acadia. Some are accessible by land, some by boat. Maine Open Lighthouse Day is always in September.

Maine Lobster Trail – Let yourself be led by your stomach…

Maine Sculpture Trail – An outdoor exhibit of 34 sculptures spanning over 273 miles along the DownEast coast.

Downeast Fisheries Trail – Explore the culture and heritage of local fisheries.

Maine Ice Age Trail – A geological journey through time and space.

DownEast Acadia Birding Trail – The best birding sites in the region, with maps and tips for birding year-round.

Maine Coast Chocolate Trail – Our chocolatiers love to handcraft delicious sweets using local treats!

Maine Beer Trail – Small, handcrafted brewers.

Maine Wine Trail – Our wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads, ciders and fortified wines.

DownEast to Midcoast Farmer’s Market Trail – another excellent way to let yourself be led by your stomache…