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Ranger Smith

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Anybody do route 1 North through Maine and over to Bangor and into the Mt. Washington area.Gonna start on the Maine/New Hampshire border. Will be doing it with a 43'. Anything to be concerned about.


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Rt 1 is fun a little at a time. I haven't done the whole 500 something miles but a lot of it. The southern part, near the ocean will be very slow in the summer but lots to see.





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You mean US 2 between Bangor and the White Mountains, right? US 1 stays many miles away from the White Mountains, following the coast.

US 1 does have some kind of curvy slow parts through various seaside communities. It's not a great road to make quick time on. Neither one should pose an insurmountable obstacle to your travels, to my knowledge. It has been quite a few years since I drove US 1 through Maine (in a car) so my memory is rather on the hazy side as to specifics.





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DrewE wrote:

You mean US 2 between Bangor and the White Mountains, right? US 1 stays many miles away from the White Mountains, following the coast.

US 1 does have some kind of curvy slow parts through various seaside communities. It's not a great road to make quick time on. Neither one should pose an insurmountable obstacle to your travels, to my knowledge. It has been quite a few years since I drove US 1 through Maine (in a car) so my memory is rather on the hazy side as to specifics.


Yes route 1 then over to bangor via 2

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We like route 1 between north of Portland up to Ellsworth when we go to Acadia. We get off I95 to I295 south of Portland so don't do the more southern portion of route 1. Not a high speed drive, but enjoyable to go through the historic small towns along the way.


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Sounds like a nice road (Route 1) to not be in a hurry on. I'll be on it myself in August


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On route 1, you will enjoy plenty of traffic lights.

In the Mount Washington area, you will also be fine if you wind up on Route 302, or Route 16. If you are looking for amazing scenery in New Hampshire, travel the Kancamagus Highway or thru Crawford Notch or thru Franconia Notch.

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Flintstones wrote:

On route 1, you will enjoy plenty of traffic lights.

In the Mount Washington area, you will also be fine if you wind up on Route 302, or Route 16. If you are looking for amazing scenery in New Hampshire, travel the Kancamagus Highway or thru Crawford Notch or thru Franconia Notch.


We've been up there before. I used to go there every year on motorcycle when I was younger. Just wasn't sure of route 1. We usually go up to the Merrimack area and over. We are gonna do the route via Maine as wife wants to visit her brother up there. Thanks for the info.

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As others have noted, lots to see, but don't plan on being in a hurry. Depending on the time of year & time of day, anywhere near an attraction can be heavy stop & go traffic.


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We did it back in the fall of '99 on our Honeymoon. We started in Ogunquit and took Rt 1 north until we got off for Bar Harbor. It is a very scenic route, but it is slow going.

I wouldn't want to do that during the peak season though. We went back to Ogunquit a couple years later at the end of June and just getting from I-95 to Ogunquit on 1 was stop and go the entire time. It was a very different experience.

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