We will be driving from Boston to Bar Harbor next Sunday morning. I've seen threads here advising to take 95 all the way to Bangor, but on the map it looks like taking 295 in the Portland area until it rejoins 95 would be shorter. Is there a reason to avoid 295, such as traffic or construction? We aren't planning to stop in Portland, but the Delorme globe in Yarmouth just off of 295 looks cool. If 295 is slower, how much driving time will it add to the trip?
Second, we don't have the time to drive 1 all the way along the coast, but I've seen the suggestion to take 17 from Augusta down to 1 in order to see Mount Battie and the Penobscot Bridge and Observatory. How much driving time would this route add to the trip? Thanks!