Bangor, Maine to Newport, RI

May 18th, 2014, 05:21 AM
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Bangor, Maine to Newport, RI

We are flying in to Bangor, Maine in the middle of June. We fly out of Boston on the 7th day of our trip. I want to see Acadia, mansions in Newport, RI and Cape Cod. Where is the best place for whale and seal watching? Any suggestions for the trip? This is our first trip to the area. No kids - anniversary trip. Husband loves nature and I love history. Any suggestions?
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May 18th, 2014, 07:16 AM
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I think this might be too much for a short trip. I'd suggest Bar Harbor/Acadia for nature and whale watching, then Boston for history.

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May 18th, 2014, 08:22 AM
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On the trip from Maine to Cape Cod, you'll need to plan around traffic hours, what day of the week do you arrive in Bangor? And what time of day is your flight out of Logan?
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May 18th, 2014, 04:26 PM
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I agree with Liz, too much for 7 days...

Spend two night at Acadia, then drive down the coast of Maine, enjoying all the different towns. Spend a night in Portland or maybe Portsmouth. In Portmouth you could visit http://www.strawberybanke.org/. The north shore of Massachusetts is beautiful too. And maybe a trip to Lexington and Concord for more history. But do leave time for a night or two in Boston.
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May 18th, 2014, 04:26 PM
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Wow, I should proof read...sorry for the typos.
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May 19th, 2014, 02:26 AM
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You also can go whale watching from Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod as well as both Salem and Gloucester on the north shore of Massachusetts. We've been with the Dolphin fleet out of Provincetown and have seen many whales every time.

June can be either nice and warm or cool and rainy in New England, so be prepared with layers and don't expect to be able to swim in the ocean unless you grew up there and the water is in the 40's F now, (as a kid we were in from Memorial day on, and my grandkids will too but even I don't really swim until close to July)

If you really want to see Acadia, Newport and the Cape, I would do them in that order. A couple of days at Acadia, a day to get from Acadia to Newport with some stops along the way and avoiding Boston during the high traffic hours, a day and a half in Newport, then drive to Provincetown on the tip of the Cape and work your way back to Boston for the trip home.

Mid June is before most of public schools are out, so lodging should not be a real problem along the way, so you could be a little more flexible with the timing.
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May 19th, 2014, 03:57 AM
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Mid-June is when lupines are blooming. Check the Blue Hill area for the festival which I think might be in Stonington just before you get to Acadia. I agree with recommendation to visit Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth NH. I would do Portsmouth harbor cruise instead of whale watching. Drive Rt 1B from Strawberry Banke thru New Castle. Take Rt 1A along coast to see mansions in Rye which are still private homes. But get back on I95 to head south to Boston/Cape Cod. As I recall, the inland rivers cruise from Portsmouth thru Oyster Bay has a lot of nature info because it is an important estuary. Also interesting history. The gundalow cruise is new and we haven't been on it.

Keep in mind it's going to be cold out on the ocean AND could be choppy.

Leave Boston for last. Get rid of the rental car and use public transportation.
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May 19th, 2014, 05:21 PM
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I'm not interested in spending a lot of time in Boston. I was planning on flying in early Wednesday to Bangor and spend the rest of Wednesday and Thursday in Bar Harbor or somewhere near Acadia. Drive to Newport, RI early Friday morning. Do mansions in Newport Saturday. Go to Cape Cod Sunday and Monday. Fly home from Boston Tuesday. Should I stay in Bar Harbor? Anything I shouldn't miss during Cape Cod visit?
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May 20th, 2014, 03:08 AM
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With the distance you are traveling from Bar Harbor to Cape Cod, it seems like you are going to be spending too much time on the interstates although you do have at least a full day in each spot to enjoy local things. I'm not a big fan of the Cape so hope others reply. There's an odd little museum of work by Edward Gorey in Yarmouth that a friend HAD to see. We had fun doing the scavenger hunt but I would have preferred going to gardens. Depends on your interests.

Keep Portsmouth NH in mind as maybe a good place for lunch and a place to stretch your legs on the long drive from Bar Harbor to Newport.
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May 20th, 2014, 03:32 AM
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If you can't get a room in Newport, try Middletown. We stayed at the Residence Inn and there is a brand new Homewood Suites across the street. The RI offers a shuttle to downtown Newport so you don't have deal with parking on a busy tourist day. I'm going to assume the Homewood offers a shuttle too since they are competing properties.

No help with the Cape as I'm like dfrost and it just isn't my thing.

For Bar Harbor, if you have trouble finding a room due to the closeness of your trip, try Highbrook Motel. It's a mom and pop place, older, but very clean. It's basic, no frills. And have breakfast one day at Cafe This Way...very very good.
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May 21st, 2014, 01:18 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Just wondering why some people don't like Cape Cod. Too busy? We have never been to this area and don't want to waste any time. We want to get a feel for the area and enjoy the scenery.
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May 22nd, 2014, 03:16 AM
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The beaches on the Cape are beautiful but the roads are busy and one weekends, lots of traffic congestion getting onto / off of Cape. It really depends on what you like and your interests. Southern Maine and MA have beautiful beaches. North of Portland ME the coastline is rocky and very few sandy beaches. Even in Maine we try to avoid the popular tourist towns and head for quiet areas. We are lucky to live in New England where we might take some of the beautiful places like the Cape for granted. Since my family camped there for summer vacations when I was young, I've wanted to explore other areas of New England.

New Castle NH is similar to some Cape Cod towns. (next to Portsmouth NH)

BTW for history, I highly recommend the Native American Museum at Foxwoods casino in CT. It's a separate building. Not sure how far from Newport it is.

I think if you try to cover too many miles, you don't see the details of an area. But there have been other Fodorites who have covered a lot of miles and said they like to travel that way. Your choice.
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May 22nd, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Cape Cod won't be "too busy" heading down on a Sunday in mid-June. Four Seas Ice Cream is a must-visit and also the Kennedy Compound.
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May 22nd, 2014, 09:41 AM
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You are missing a lot of what Maine has to offer so it depends on how dead-set you are on seeing those Newport mansions. If it were me I would leave Bar Harbor, do a full day in Camden, and then spend Fri and Sat @ Ogunquit/Kennebunkport. Check out the mansions from Ogunquit, via youtube.
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May 22nd, 2014, 12:12 PM
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You wrote: "Just wondering why some people don't like Cape Cod. Too busy? We have never been to this area and don't want to waste any time. We want to get a feel for the area and enjoy the scenery."

You are getting the advice you are getting because we DO love the Cape, we DO love Maine, and we DO love Rhode Island ( if not Newport ) and we want YOU to love it too!

You are going spend lots and lots of time on the Interstate, and the New England interstates you are taking are not scenic. In fact, they are mostly ugly. And you are just dipping into the places you are going. Better to stop and smell (well, look at) the lupines in Maine.

The Kings Highway (6A not US 6) and Sandwich and Hyannisport and Chatham and Provincetown will all be fun to visit but it will almost certainly be too cold to go to the beach ( or out on the water, both on the Cape and in Maine) unless you really bundle up. It is 54 degrees right now on Nantucket. It will be 64 in mid June. My Charleston friends think it is too cold here to sail in August.

Now, if you live in some place hot (I used to live in Mississippi) you may think you have died and gone to heaven, but you are expecting to drive in places that may take you twice as long as at home for the same distance, three times as long if you go through Boston before 9 or after 3. Washington is worse, but Atlanta is easier. For Pete's sake, LA is easier. That's just too much time in a car for us to be happy about your plans.

I would personally prefer to see you spend your whole week in any of these destinations, even Newport, than rush from place to place. There ARE many beautiful drives in New England, fabulous back roads like 6A, the White Mountains, Tiverton, Rhode Island, and in the Bar Harbor area, but you won't have time for them. And as a Southerner transplanted to New England, that makes me sad.
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May 26th, 2014, 08:06 PM
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Thank you for all of your suggestions! Ackislander and others have given me much to consider. Thank you for your help in planning this trip. We look forward to seeing this part of our country. We are trying to go to new places. We are starting to work on our bucket list!
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