With summer in full swing, the time for a good road trip is now. There are a ton of great destinations throughout America perfect for a summer road trip. But according to loveEXPLORING, you don't even have to leave Maine to enjoy one of the best summer road trips in the nation.

Bridge in Acadia NP
Miro Vrlik

Every state is home to that one stretch of road that every single person wants to drive. That stretch of road that encompasses everything about the state you're visiting (or living in). While native Mainers may have impulsively guessed that certain pieces of Route 1 would be the must-drive spot, it's actually not. You'll have to travel elsewhere to find that perfect slice of Maine roadway.

Scenic view of the awe inspiring nature's landscape in Acadia National Park
Cheri Alguire

The Acadia All-American loop was named Maine's one of the most magical RV road trips in America. Starting along Route 3, the 40-mile loop has exploded in popularity over the last decade, making it one of the most popular stretches of road in the United States.

Bar Harbor Maine town square
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So why is it so popular? Because it's truly a snapshot of Maine's beauty. The journey takes you through multiple towns like Trenton and Bar Harbor, filled with picturesque charm. It also features unparalleled views of the ocean, as well as the rocky coastline. You'll have a chance to grab an iconic Maine lobster roll along the way if you want to stop and chow down.


For the majority of road trippers, the Acadia All-American loop takes about three hours to complete. If you're all about the photos or the food, it could end up taking you a little longer. Plan accordingly.

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