The Airline Road (Maine)
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Maine's Route 1 from Brunswick to Ellsworth is simply a spectacular drive. The famous route hugs the hardy Maine coastline like a rubber band hugs a lobster's claw, and does have very challenging stretches. However, when the masses descend upon the region in July and August, Route 1 can become a parking lot of rabid tourists looking for nautical antiques. Time to head toward Airline Road, a more demanding alternative just a few miles to the north. Route 9 stretches from Bangor to Baring, over 50 miles of well-paved road, high-speed sweeping turns, and blinding s-curves. Traffic, what little there is, moves quickly – very quickly mid-week. Keep an eye peeled for moose and pie stands by the side of the road.