Sorry - reposting here, question is maybe too local for the road trip forum:
I was hoping to get some advice here on the Boston to Portland section of our fall season east coast road trip. This section of our trip will take place 4th-5th October. We will be picking up our hire car from Boston Logan early (8am-ish), and we have the entire day to make the trip. We will be staying overnight in Portland, and on the 5th heading further up towards Bar Harbor.
We have a few places on the way up that we would like to hit for short stops, namely Salem, Portsmouth, Ongunquit, Kennebunkport and Cape Elizabeth (for the lighthouse). We obviously are aware that we can't spend much time in these places, it's more for us to stop and have a short walk around if we feel the place is nice, these are just places that look interesting to us. We're just unsure what route is best to take really between some sections, although we always like to take the most scenic or fun routes where appropriate:
Salem to Portsmouth - Should we just take the i95 straight up to Portsmouth from Salem, or is taking route 1a via Ipswich, Newburyport and Rye worth the extra time? Is the scenery along this route worth the extra time here?
Kennebunkport to Cape Elizabeth - Again, is the scenery worth driving the longest route all the way along the coast road, route 9 through both Rachael Carson parks, hugging what appears on the map to be a coastal road all the way? Or should we go via route 1 or via the i95?
We're just trying to figure out whether the scenery along this stretch of coastline up warrants the extra drive time all the way up to Portland or not, as it's hard to tell from the map what it's like, and my googling efforts have come up with not that much extra info on this particular route. Any other suggestions people might have would be amazing as well.
thanks in advance,