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Traveling from Baltimore to Portland, Maine

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Perry Hall, Maryland
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Traveling from Baltimore to Portland, Maine

Hi everyone,

We will be traveling up the coast from Baltimore to Portland the second week of July. Our first stop will probably be Mystic Seaport, Conn. and we are thinking of visiting Newport after that. We like to walk but not over do it. Historic sites and beautiful scenery are some of the things we enjoy. Are there some suggestions of things to see in Newport? After Newport can you give us some suggestions for other places to visit. Before ending up in Portland I do want to stay over in Ogunquit, Maine.

We were also thinking of doing some whale watching but weren't sure where's the spots to go for that.

Thanks, Stephen

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1. Re: Traveling from Baltimore to Portland, Maine

Hi Stephen,

Tour a mansion... the Breakers is a good one, check out Cliff Walk... the 40 Steps area at the end of Narragansett Ave is your best bet. Just walk as far as you like one way, turn around and walk back. The back yards of the mansions are on one side of the path, the ocean is on the other. Make sure you drive Ocean Drive. Check out Bannister's and Bowen's wharves... they are side-by-side. There will be mega yatchs docked there, small shops and restaurants. Thames St is where most of the action is. In fact when you get off 138 take Thames St into the city to see the wonderfully preserved Colonial homes.

If you can, get out on the water. Check out the jamestownnewportferry.com or the many charters available at the wharves for harbor tours or sunset sails. Check out gonewport.com to see what events may be happening while you're here. There are lots of concerts and festivals in summer. Also check out waterfire.org. The schedule isn't posted yet but if you're here on a Saturday night there is a good chance there will be a lighting. It's in Providence, just 40 minutes away. Don't miss it if you can.

Whale watching is best from Cape Cod. The whales feed off the tip of the cape. Tours leave from Barnstable and Provincetown. The cruise is a lot longer from Barnstable. If seasickness is an issue then try to get out to Provincetown and go from there. It's only a 15 minute ride or so vs over an hour each way from Barnstable. On the other hand, it's at least a 2 hour drive from Barnstable to Provincetown and second week in July I would expect to hit a lot of traffic on the cape. The boats have to stay 100 yards from the whales so don't expect to get up close.

I like the Cape Ann area, especially Rockport. Newburyport is also a pretty town. Of course there is Boston, too, if you haven't been to that city.

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Thanks so much! I 'm definitely interested in the Mansions as well as travelling Ocean Drive.

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