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sightseeing suggestions in maine and new hampshire

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sightseeing suggestions in maine and new hampshire

First time visit to Maine and New Hampshire. Arriving in Manchester , New Hampshire on Aug.31in a.m. and have to be in Portland for a wedding on Sat. night Sept 2 and leaving from Manchester on Sept. 4 in the afternoon. Any suggestions on what to see to get a true feel of New England during this time? Will the Labor Day weekend pose a big problem with traffic in the area?

Thanks!

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1. Re: sightseeing suggestions in maine and new hampshire

Hi pfish,

First to answer your question about traffic. You'll have some in the Portland area, but it shouldn't be too bad. Traffic is usually the worst in the coastal/tourist towns south of Portland (Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, Wells, and York) and then near the Boothbay Harbor, Camden, and Bar Harbor areas. You should be fine.

While in the Portland area definitely take a drive out to Portland Head Light and Two Lights Lobster Shack, both in Cape Elizabeth. They are just a few minute's drive apart and both offer spectacular views out to sea. Two Lights offers seafood cooked in every possible way, plus I can't imagine a more glorious setting in which to chow down on lobster, clams, blueberry pie, etc.

Also think of taking a boat tour of Casco Bay to really get a feel for why the Maine coast is so popular. You'll see alot of islands, lighthouses, and possibly seals, etc. Just remember to bring a sweatshirt or jacket as once out on the water it can be much cooler.

If you still have time take a 15 minute drive to Freeport and shop till you drop at LL Beans and the zillions of outlets.

While in town spend some time in the Old Port area, visit the Art Museum, and just wander around and browse. Portland is a very compact little city and very charming.

Check out www.visitmaine.org and then click on the Portland area for more detailed info.

Good luck and try to report back and let us know how stay went afterward :).

cozyharbor

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2. Re: sightseeing suggestions in maine and new hampshire

We just returned from a wonderful 5 day trip to Maine. Really encountered no traffic issues at all. I was expecting it to be bad as it seemed like we were picking the busiest weekend of the year. We drove Rte. 1 all the way back from Bar Harbor. No problems.

Highly recommend Booth Bay Harbor and Ocean Point as quite scenic. Really enjoyed the Pemaquid lighthouse area. Not as impressed with Camden - nice, but felt touristy. LOVED Mt. Desert Island (the park, of course), but that is probably too far north for you.

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3. Re: sightseeing suggestions in maine and new hampshire

We just returned from a wonderful 5 day trip to Maine. Really encountered no traffic issues at all. I was expecting it to be bad as it seemed like we were picking the busiest weekend of the year. We drove Rte. 1 all the way back from Bar Harbor. No problems.

Highly recommend Booth Bay Harbor and Ocean Point as quite scenic. Really enjoyed the Pemaquid lighthouse area. Not as impressed with Camden - nice, but felt touristy. LOVED Mt. Desert Island (the park, of course), but that is probably too far north for you.