Known as the 'City of Ships,' this quaint Kennebec River town was once home to 20-plus shipyards producing more than a quarter of early America's wooden sailing vessels. In Bath's 19th-century heyday, it was one of Maine's largest cities, with a bustling downtown lined with banks and grand municipal buildings. Bath-built schooners and clipper ships sailed the seven seas and the city's name was known far and wide. Even today, the navy utilizes the shipyards at Bath Iron Works; as you leave town driving east on Rte 1, you may see warships being built along the Kennebec River.
Downtown, redbrick sidewalks and solid 19th-century buildings line quaint Front St. South of Bath stretch two scenic peninsulas well worth a detour: ME 209 takes you to Phippsburg, home to excellent beaches and a historic fort, while ME 127 runs south to Georgetown, terminating at an island-dotted cove.