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Old 03-28-2015, 09:32 PM   #1
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Syracuse to Maine

taking a week this summer and going from Syracuse to the coast of maine to eat fresh seafood....anybody have any suggested routes and favorite campgrounds...good places to eat along the way. I'm open to any and all suggestions...would rather take the scenic route rather than the highway...love to eat at little local joints...into peace and quiet and plenty of scenery, maybe some easy hiking and biking trails or around small towns...not much of a big city traveler.

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Old 03-29-2015, 06:37 AM   #2
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The problem with the scenic routes along the coast in summer is all the traffic. It would be better if you found a place centrally located so you could use your towed(Bike?) for day trips. When you say the coast of Maine, that encompasses a lot of territory. From downeast, to the southern parts which are pretty crowded. To give a suggestion, maybe the Ellsworth area which would place you within easy daytripping distances. Lots of places for the seafood. Some of the best Lobstah we've had was bought from the side of the road. Some places will even cook them up for you. Another suggestion, take good loose fitting pants, you'll need the extra room for expansion.

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:21 PM   #3
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Since the trip itself from Syracuse to the coast of Maine is over 350 miles I would not waste much time getting there. That being said, it is probably around 6+ hours if you use 90, 495, and 95. If you start taking scenic byways like 20, 9, and 2 you can easily double the time involved. I would get to Maine the fastest way possible and then do my sight seeing. And with a week, I would not suggest going further north than Portland. There is plenty of lobster and lots to see between Kittery and Portland.
Great place to visit and there are lots of interesting spots on the way, but if you are going to really enjoy Maine (and the lobster), save the scenic route getting there for an other trip.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:13 PM   #4
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Take the direct route. Also use EZ-Pass. The MA & ME toll booth lines are very long if you don't have it. Consider places like Freeport for their street of shops and L.L. Bean's main store (open 24-7). We also enjoy stops in Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Acadia Nat'l Park. The coast is littered with many nice places, those are only a few.
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Agree, take the direct route to Maine and enjoy the coast as much as possible. My favorite spots along the coast are Freeport, Ogunquit, Boothbay, Camden, Bar Harbor, Arcadia NP and many more, but we visit them in spring and September. You will find lots of traffic in the summer along the coast. As stated, Freeport is a shopping outlet meca. LL Bean is nice to visit if you never have and there's RV parking in their lower lot. Ogunquit has a beautiful mile walk along the rugged coast called Marginal Way. The end of the walk just happens to end up in an area with several lobster eateries.

Check out Shores Hill CG in Boothbay. They will shuttle you to the town. We stayed at the State Park in Camden. It's quiet there, out of the mainstream and about a mile drive up to Mt. Batte, overlooking the harbor. Very scenic and a short drive to the town. Arcadia is wonderful, scenic and lots of wildlife. Not sure how it is in summer, my guess is crowded. In Scarborogh, Maine there is a CG called Wild Duck. We have stayed there numerous times. It is much less crowded than other towns I have mentioned. It is scenic along a big marsh and a nice scenic bike trail nearby. They have canoes to paddle in the open marsh area. We did that. It's a nice quiet CG. Just ask for a back in site along the marsh. The pull throughs are close together.

Check out Homestead by the River Family CG in Biddeford, on the Sacco River. Real nice, not a resort but farm type atmosphere with horses. As far as lobster, there is no shortage. You will find lobster in roadside stands, big lobster pounds, diners, fancy restaurants, everywhere. As mentioned, many places cook and deliver right to your campsite. Maine coast is one of my favorite places, enjoy! Hope this helps.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:47 PM   #6
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We went there last year with the MH, no toad. Probably will go this year with a toad along. I like exiting the Thruway around Amsterdam and heading for Bennington. Run across southern VT and NH to skip MA. It's a 2 day drive that way. Drove Rt 1 or similar most of the time as I do not care for super slabs. No much worth seeing but the get one there. I'm not in a hurry and want to see things. ;-)

The Kittery Trading post looked RV unfriendly with a lot of curbing in the parking lot.

Delorme store is worth a stop and has room to park

LL Bean is fun but Freeport is horrrible to park with a MH. The store is open 24 hours so the best times we found to browse in the past were later in the evening. This time we skipped it because of the parking. If you have never been there it is an experience.

Bath Iron works is worth a drive by if you do not stop at the museum and do the tour.

Pemaquid point is interesting old Maine history with the point, fort, early settlement and light house all reasonably close. Stayed at Sherwood Forrest.

Moody's is up the main highway.

About there we headed west for N Conway and back via Vermont.

It sort of depends what kind of trip you want. If it's hit the resort then do the Turnpike and superslabs to Bah Habah. If you want to see what things look like take the route I like or do one way each time. ;-) We have been going that way for 40 years or so and have watched it change. Not as much fun as it used to be even accounting for our aging. All of New England has gotten a lot more commercial and a lot less charming.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:19 AM   #7
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stayed @ Shores Hill CG in Boothbay 2 years ago, perfect location for that area

Be sure to stop at http://www.yelp.com/biz/bets-fish-fry-boothbay-center

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