Traveling By Car...
Eastport is located of Coastal Route 1. From Interstate 95
North there are 3 ways to reach Eastport:
#1: The Coastal Route for Scenic Beauty & Shopping
This route is the most enjoyable in terms of sightseeing and shopping
in the wonderful towns along the coast of Maine. However, due to many like-minded
summer drivers, it is traditionally the most crowded and slowest of the
three routes. Best to be tackled at a leisurely pace, taking advantage of
the many lovely Bed & Breakfasts along the way.
Take Interstate 95 North into Maine. About 1 1/2 hours after
you cross the border, you will see signs for Freeport and Coastal Route
1. Take this exit and follow Route 1 North through the towns of Coastal
Maine for approximately 4 1/2 - 5 hours. Ellsworth will mark your entrance
into "Downeast Maine". About an hour after Ellsworth you will
enter Machias - the last major town you will drive through before the turn-off
to Eastport - 45 minutes later. This turn-off is marked by signs for Eastport
and its National Historic District, many business signs and the sign for
Route 190. Take this right onto 190 and follow it for 7 miles. You will
travel over a man-made causeway, indicating your entrance onto Moose Island,
home of Eastport!
Option #2: "The Middle Way" -
Mostly Highway with a Splash of Scenery
This route avoids all the Mid-Coastal Maine traffic congestion but allows
for about 2 1/2 hours of driving along the much slower-paced Downeast coastal
way, with only the Ellsworth hectiness to contend with.
Follow Interstate 95 to Bangor - about 3 hours. When you
approach signs for Downtown Bangor there will also be signs for Coastal
Route 1 North. Follow these and get off on Route 1 North. Follow it through
Brewer, Ellsworth, and continue through Machais. Route 190 and the turn-off
to Eastport is 45 minutes from Machais. The city of Eastport is 7 miles
after you make the right hand turn onto Route 190 from Route 1.
Option #3: The "I Don't Care What It Looks Like -
Just Get Me There As Soon As Possible" Route
This route brings you to Bangor on Interstate 95 North and
to Calais on Route 9. Known to locals as "The Airline", due to
its beeline nature and no-frills attitude, it was recently widened for
the many 18-wheelers speeding alongside of you. This route does still necessitate
a 1/2 hour drive South on Coastal Route 1 from Calais to Eastport, alongside
of the St. Croix River, where it flows into the Passamaquoddy Bay and looks
across to New Brunswick.
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