Maine is a state famous for its forests, its mountains, and its lobster. It's not the first place you think of when you're looking for a sophisticated art scene or a great shopping experience. But Portland, Maine's largest city, is full of wonders to be explored. Cobblestone streets, old bookstores, art galleries and specialty boutiques are all part of the Old Port District. Stroll the streets and explore the shops, and eat your way through this charming neighborhood. Outdoor lovers can also explore Casco Bay and its many islands by navigating the local ferry system, or taking a scenic cruise. If you visit Peak Island, plan to rent a golf cart or bring your bike, because there is a lot to see.
50 Wharf St, Portland, ME, US
7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME, US
Portland has plenty of art galleries, boutiques, and craft shops, but it also has some great museums. The Portland Museum of Art is a small but quality museum with an eclectic mix of local artists and some beautiful pieces by more famous artists as well. The Native American Collection is especially popular. You can also visit the Winslow Homer Studio, where Homer painted many of his famous works. Or check out the Museum of African Culture, a small but surprising museum with a fascinating collection.
390 Commercial St, Portland, ME, US
46 Carleton St, Portland, ME, US
32 Resurgam Pl, Portland, ME, US
194 Park Ave, Portland, ME, US
138 Congress St, Portland, ME, US
109 Danforth St, Portland, ME, US
Portland is an old town, with some stellar architecture and historically significant buildings. The Victoria Mansion is a beautiful house from before the Civil War. If you like visiting historic homes, this is one of the best in the area. The Portland Observatory has been providing amazing views since 1807. If you're interested in poetry, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is also located in Portland.
1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME, US
1 Old Orch St, Old Orchard Beach, ME, US
A great spot to end your trip is Old Orchard Beach and Palace Playland, which is the only New England amusement park that's directly on the beach. Then you've got Portland, ME (visit the Old Port district to get a taste of New England, the vibe here is very 19th century), and then you're driving along the Kennebec River after passing Augusta and Waterville.
105 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME, US
2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME, US
Old Mill Rd, York Harbor, ME, US
8 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH, US
40 Park Ave, Hampton, NH, US
The New Hampshire stretch of I-95 is also pretty short, but along the route are a couple cool places worth stopping at. First check out this Memorial to a Witch in Hampton, NH. It's just a simple unmarked stone monument dedicated to Eunice "Goody" Cole, AKA "the witch of Hampton", who was accused of witchcraft in 1656. That ruling was eventually overturned... in 1938.
290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA, US
290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938, Ipswich, MA, US
143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA, US
51 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA, US
Fun factoids: The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716. The Fig Newton is named after a Boston suburb. Boston is home to the oldest public park in the US. Revere Beach in Boston was the country’s first public beach. Fenway Park which was opened in 1912 is the oldest original Major League Baseball stadium still in use. Popular Foods include: Clam Chowder; Lobster Roll.