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The Owls Head Light State Park is outside (Credit: Russell Frelinghuysen)

The Owls Head Light State Park is outside of Rockland off Route 1 in Maine. The white brick tower perches atop a wooded natural promontory overlooking Penobscot Bay. (July 3, 2011)

Treasures in Maine along Route 1

Twelve stops to make while traveling along U.S. Route 1, Maine's scenic and historic coastal road.

The view from Penobscot Narrows Observatory is complete
(Credit: MCT, 2009)

The view from Penobscot Narrows Observatory is complete with the sparkling blue waters, deep green forests and hills of Penobscot River and its bay.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Prospect, Maine, crosses
(Credit: Maine Office of Tourism, 2010)

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Prospect, Maine, crosses the Penobscot River into Bucksport, and is built from local granite. An observatory with a 360-degree view is at the top of the 420-foot-high pylon at the left. It is the tallest occupied structure in Maine and the tallest bridge-observatory in the world.

Maine's Fort Knox sits on a promontory in
(Credit: Maine Office of Tourism)

Maine's Fort Knox sits on a promontory in Bucksport off U.S. Route 1. The fort is one of the best-preserved fortifications on the New England seacoast. It was established in 1844 to protect the Penobscot Valley from a British incursion.

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Young's Lobster Pound, a quarter-mile off U.S. Route
(Credit: Handout, 2010)

Young's Lobster Pound, a quarter-mile off U.S. Route 1, is a third-generation BYOB picnic-table operation overlooking the port of Belfast to the west and Penobscot Bay to the east.

Rebecca Cooper pauses to take in the view
(Credit: AP, 2005)

Rebecca Cooper pauses to take in the view of Camden Harbor, Maine, during her climb on Mount Battie. The scene provided the inspiration for Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Renascence." Hiking trails and an auto road lead to the summit.

Young visitors at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport,
(Credit: Penobscot Marine Museum, 2010)

Young visitors at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Main,e practice furling the sails on "The Yard in the Yard," a large-scale model of a square-rigged ship's mast and rigging.

Camden Harbor Park in Camden, Maine, overlooks the
(Credit: Maine Office of Tourism, 2009)

Camden Harbor Park in Camden, Maine, overlooks the harbor and the many windjammers that ply the waters of Penobscot Bay.

The Owls Head Light State Park is outside
(Credit: Russell Frelinghuysen)

The Owls Head Light State Park is outside of Rockland off Route 1 in Maine. The white brick tower perches atop a wooded natural promontory overlooking Penobscot Bay. (July 3, 2011)

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Windjammers offering cruises out of Rockland and Camden,
(Credit: Fred LeBlanc, 2009)

Windjammers offering cruises out of Rockland and Camden, Maine, ply the waters of Penobscot Bay with the Camden Hills in the background.

Moody's Diner in Waldoboro, founded by Percy Moody
(Credit: Russell Frelinghuysen)

Moody's Diner in Waldoboro, founded by Percy Moody in the late 1920s, is an indisputable Maine institution located off Route 1 in Maine. (July 3, 2011)

Moody's Diner in Waldoboro is one stop of
(Credit: Russell Frelinghuysen)

Moody's Diner in Waldoboro is one stop of interest off U.S. Route 1 in Maine. It's also in every tour book ever written, so expect a wait. (July 3, 2011)

More than a dozen upscale shops and galleries,
(Credit: Russell Frelinghuysen)

More than a dozen upscale shops and galleries, most of them housed in 18th or 19th century commercial or residential properties, line picturesque Main Street (Route 1) as it slopes down to the Sheepscot River in Wiscasset, Maine. (July 3, 2011)

The famous Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine, has
(Credit: Newsday, 2009 / Rebecca Cooney)

The famous Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine, has a deservedly nationwide reputation for the meaty lobster rolls that they serve.

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Wiscasset, Maine, a scenic stop off U.S. Route
(Credit: Newsday, 2009 / Rebecca Cooney)

Wiscasset, Maine, a scenic stop off U.S. Route 1, is dotted with old-fashioned signs like these.

Ogunquit Beach is more than three miles long
(Credit: Maine Office of Tourism)

Ogunquit Beach is more than three miles long in Ogunquit, Maine, right off U.S. Route 1.

Cape Neddick
(Credit: Los Angeles Times, 2009 / Gina Ferazzi)

Cape Neddick "Nubble" Lighthouse sits atop a knoll in the Atlantic Ocean across from Sohier Park in York, Maine.

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