give me plenty of reasons to explore the coast of Maine. Not only is it beautiful scenery, but each little village and town has its own unique history and charms. From Ogunquit to Kennebunkport, I’ve had the opportunity to be immersed in the culture and explore some of the best that Maine has to offer. In this blog post, I’m excited to share what I discovered about these two towns – their character, spots for fantastic eats, and fun activities. So if you’re looking for a reason to check out the southern coast of Maine, read on; I promise it won’t disappoint!
History Of The Ogunquit To Kennebunkport Route
The Ogunquit to Kennebunkport route is a coastal road that runs for approximately 15 miles along the Maine Coast. This scenic drive takes travelers from the charming fishing village of Ogunquit to the picturesque town of Kennebunkport, and it passes through some of Maine’s most beautiful landscapes.
Travelers have been following this route for centuries, as it was once an important trade route connecting maritime villages along the coast. In 1857, railroad tracks were laid between Portland and Old Orchard Beach which replaced both stagecoach routes and sailing vessels that used to transport goods between these two towns. Although trains no longer run on this stretch of track today, driving this historic roadway is still one of the best ways to explore all that Southern Maine has to offer.
Points Of Interest Along The Ogunquit To Kennebunkport Route
This coastal drive offers visitors breathtaking views of sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, quaint fishing harbors and lighthouses – making it a perfect day trip from any New England destination or vacation spot in Maine! Here are a few noteworthy stops you won’t want to miss:
- Ogunquit Beach: A popular summer destination since 1883.
- Perkins Cove: A bustling hub with seafood restaurants, gift shops and galleries.
Nubble Light Lighthouse: Located just off Cape Neddick Point in York.
. Travelers may also choose to venture further up north towards Wells where they can stop at Moody Beach State Park or take part in an ocean kayak tour around Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge & Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.
For those looking for more active pursuits while touring on their own time frame there are plenty recreational activities available including golfing at one of many courses nearby such as Ledges Golf Club or Seacoast Adventure Tours offering bike rentals or guided tours via kayaks.
Getting There By Car: Driving Directions And Parking Information
When traveling by car there are multiple routes available depending on whether your starting point is located southbound near Portsmouth NH (exit 1) or northbound near Augusta ME (exit 109). Either way you’ll follow Route 1 until you reach exits 2/3 then head east onto Sohier Road crossing over into Perkins Cove before continuing North into downtown Ogunquit until taking left onto Shore Road toward Footbridge Beach.
After passing across beautiful Marginal Way travelers will enter Yorktown heading west then turning left onto Long Sands Rd followed by right onto Cape Neddick Rd leading directly into Short Sands beach area past Nubble Light lighthouse arriving finally at Wallis Sands State Park providing access to Rye Harbor before concluding your journey in Downtown Kenebunkport MA.
Public parking lots for free street parking are scattered throughout various points along your journey so make sure plan ahead when deciding what specific spots you’d like visit during your travels .