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Surprisingly to some, from Mount Desert Island the Maine coast heads east, not north. Hence the expression "Down East" for the farther shores of Maine.




Many people think of the Maine coastline as running its ragged way north from Portland, but a quick look at the map shows that Bar Harbor is at about the same longitude as San Juan, Puerto Rico (map).

Schoodic Peninsula

East of Mount Desert Island across the water, the Schoodic Peninsula is a more remote part of Acadia National Park, with a 7.2-mile (11.6-km) Shore Drive loop road, good for biking.

Jonesport & Beals Island

Two traditional Maine fishing-and-lobstering towns near Great Wass Island, a nature reserve and bird-watchers' mecca owned by the Nature Conservancy.


With a population of about 2,300, a campus of the University of Maine, and being the seat of Washington County, Machias is the most important town along this part of the coast, with a historic district at its center and some services for travelers as well.


At the very eastern limit of the USA, Lubec is where you can cross into Canada to Campobello Island. A quaint and historic small town, Lubec has several good places to stay and dine, whale watching cruises, popular summer arts workshops, and the iconic West Quoddy Head Light, the easternmost point in the USA. More...


A 19th-century boomtown in sardine production, Eastport retains some of the charm of its golden age, some good restaurants, an authentic mustard mill, and a summer car ferry to Canada. More...


At the northeastern end of US 1, Calais (rhymes with "palace") is another border-crossing point, from which you can visit the delightful New Brunswick (Canada) resort town of St Andrews by-the-Sea. More...

Campobello Island

From Lubec you cross the US-Canada border into New Brunswick, Canada to see Roosevelt Campobello International Park, summer home of President Franklin D Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Herring Cove Provincial Park, and more. More...

St Andrews by-the-Sea, NB, Canada

The charming resort town of St Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada, is less than a 3-hour drive (135 miles/218 km; map) from Bar Harbor ME—but bring your passport. More...

Bring Your Passport!

If you're a US or Canadian citizen in a car registered in either country, you can easily visit New Brunswick and indeed all of Canada if you have a passport or passport card.

Citizens of other countries should have their passports and, if necessary, Canadian and/or US visas. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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West Quoddy Light, Lubec, Maine

West Quoddy HeadLight in Lubec, Maine, as far downeast as you can get and still be in the USA.

Head Harbour (East Quoddy Head) Lightstation, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

Head Harbour Lightstation (East Quoddy Head Light), Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada.

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