Memorial Day Weekend in Maine

We're all well aware that Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer, but the official start to when "the hounds are released" and Maine -- especially Coastal Maine -- is flooded with tourists pretty much all the way through Labor Day Weekend. People from away come from near and far to take in all things Vacationland -- the amazing beaches, the gorgeous lighthouses, and the insanely delicious food.

And it doesn't take a genius to realize most of that insanely delicious food that was just referenced? Seafood. Sure, tourists will indulge in and find out what Maine Lobstah is all about. They'll sip on some of the best Clam Chowdah they'll ever experience in their lives. But another popular go-to when it comes to seafood? Fried Clams.

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The Best Fried Clams Along Route 1 in Maine

When it comes to eats, there are almost endless seafood places along the entire stretch of Route 1 in Maine from Kittery to Fort Kent. And oftentimes, like in the instance of Reddit user 100Dachshunds, many tourists spend part of (or all of) their Maine getaway cruising the entirety of Route 1, which lends its hand to hundreds of options on where to chow down along the way.

So, in that respect, to help you better prepare for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, we've come up with a list by Mainers for those from away on the best fried clams along Route 1 (and some just off the route) in Maine, ranked.

The Best Fried Clams Along Route 1 in Maine, Ranked

These are Mainers' favorite fried clam spots ranked from generally loved to obsessively loved! Which ones are missing?

Looking for delicious clams outside of Route 1? Check out these 10 Best Places in Maine for Fried Clams