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Things to see and do in the New England states on Oct. 8 thru 15

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We are arriving at the Manchester airport on Oct. 8.

This is our itinerary:

2 nights in Boothbay Harbor, ME (Camden, Rockland and explore) any suggestions?

2 nights in Gorham, NH ( white mtn area)

2 nights in Lebanon, NH ( would like to see a lot of the best places in Vermont)

2 nights in Manchester, NH ( flying out on Oct. 16)

We are flying out of Nashville, TN. We are interested in the scenery, history, and the best places to explore in the time that we have here.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Oct 8 is a Friday. Expect extremely heavy traffic during commuting hours but heading east via Rt 101 shouldn't be too bad depending on when you arrive. There will also be a lot of northbound traffic on Rt 95 (main route from Boston to Maine). Best to stay on Rt 95 as far as Brunswick although there's a section that bypasses Portland ME that you'll want to take but I can't remember if it's 295 or what.

    On the way to Boothbay there's Maine Coastal Gardens which offer a nice woodland and garden walk. Rockland: easy short hike to Owls Head Light. I think Waterman's Lobster will still be open, weekends only, but it's a picnic table kind of place so you'll only enjoy if it's warm and sunny. Camden: auto road to top of Mt Battie.

    Manchester NH has a lot of good restaurants but it's a city. From Lebanon south via Rt 89 get off in New London NH (pretty college town). There's Winslow state park (fee) in Wilmot NH on Mt Kearsarge that offers great views and a nice picnic area at the top. It's a pretty ride but not well known. Steep hike to the top of Mt Kearsarge.

    Follow signs to Warner NH. You can also take road on this side of Mt Kearsarge. See Kearsarge Indian Museum. Follow Rt 103 thru Warner, Contookcook, Hopkinton and into Concord NH (it becomes Pleasant St and ends up in downtown Concord). Stop at Gould Hill Orchards in Hopkinton for view and unusual apple varieties.

    Canterbury Shaker Village is just north of Concord. Downtown Concord has nice shopping including League of NH Arts and Crafts (very upscale). If you decide to visit Canterbury then you can take backroads east from Warner to Canterbury but then you would miss Gould Hill. There are a couple of nice apple orchards in Canterbury though.

    Spend night in Manchester. Next day plot route over to Keene NH via Rt 101 but go thru some of the towns like Hancock, Jaffrey, Harrisville. Don't miss Peterborough NH. You could also do the Mohawk Trail in MA or
    Head east to Portsmouth NH because you missed it on day 1 and it's probably the most interesting town/city in NH for history and scenery.

    I'll let others fill in the other locations.

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