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Routes from Portland to Eastport

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Routes from Portland to Eastport

We will be traveling via car Sep 19th from Portland to Eastport. We plan to attend the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

It looks like we will drive thru Augusta and then take Hwy 9. Looking for suggestions for a route from Portland to Augusta and about how long will this take from Portland to Unity.

From Unity we plan to continue on Hwy 9. Is it best to go to Wesley and then drop down to Machias? We are looking forward to having a relax drive and see the Fall foliage. From Unity how much time should we figure to reach Eastport? Also, any great places shall we add to our itinery? And what suggestions for places to eat? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Routes from Portland to Eastport

Mapquest says 1 hr 39 minutes from Portland to Unity. Mapquest routes you from I-95 to Fairfield and east on 139. I would not take Mapquest's suggestion.

Instead, I would recommend taking Rte 3 from Augusta (I-95 Exit 113) to the split with Rte 202 to China, Albion, and Unity.

Starting from Portland, take I-295 (not I-95/Turnpike). This will terminate/merge back to I-95 near Gardiner, and then north to Augusta.

I can certainly recommend detours for scenery and eateries but this is the most direct route.

One detour would be to get off I-295 in Gardiner (Exit 49) to downtown Gardiner and then Rte 27/201 along the Kennebec river thru Farmingdale and Hallowell. You can then loop back to I-95 in Augusta or continue on 201 to Rte 3. Good places to eat include A-1 Diner in Gardiner and Liberal Cup in Hallowell.

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