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Offline ChrisFox

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Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:02:58 PM »
Moving to NH this year or next. First real vacation in awhile thought I'd head that way to have a visit. Going to spend a few days looking for work/somewhere to live. Rest of the week just traveling around to different places. Few picked out already, Funspot, drive up to the Maine coastline, Red Sox/Yankees game on the Tuesday I get there. Wondering what I can't miss while I'm there.

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 05:58:42 PM »
If you get near Freeport, Maine, LL Bean is a great place to visit.

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 08:03:22 PM »
Somewhat depends on when you come. There is always http://porcfest.com/

There is an indoor skydiving place in Nashua (SkyVentures)

There is lots of great hiking

Always worth checking out http://nhcalendar.org/

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 08:19:09 PM »
Yea, I couldn't work out vacation time in June for porcfest. I'll defiantly be going next year : D LL Bean is a great idea, I should be able to make it.

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2017, 04:45:09 AM »
If you go up the coast far enough, Acadia is gorgeous.

If you have kids and get to Bar Harbor, check out Lulu Lobster boat.  It was educational and interesting.  My kids liked it.

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2017, 06:52:57 AM »
There is the Currier Museum in Manchester NH.  It is great on a rainy day. 

Hiking Monadnock is fun way to spend an afternoon. Of course there is Mt Washington too.

If you have kids check out the See Science Center in Manchester




 

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 12:58:12 PM »

 Lets see .. I recommend the kancamangus highway which is between Conway NH and Lincoln NH. It goes over some mountain passes and has great views. I have seen Moose on that road. There are campgrounds and trails in there too. My favorite campground is probably Passaconway but others are nice as well. From Passaconway campground you can hike out to church ponds unless it is really been super wet year in which case parts of the trail may be muddy. I have seen moose out there and bears also.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Passaconaway+Campground/@44.0026378,-71.3825887,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x68000d90a03f61bd!8m2!3d43.99764!4d-71.3709673

 The best places that I know of to see moose is probably around Rangely Lakes in Maine or Mooshead lake or near the Canadian border in NH ..


popham beach in Maine is the nicest and has few cottages compared to most beaches .. At low tide you can walk out to some islands. There is often alot of seals there though it may depend on what time of year. Camp at hermit island

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The outer cape (cape cod) near Truro is the best. I stopped going there years ago because the traffic on the way down is really bad. I think this is the campground. You can hike for miles in the dunes further up the road but the rangers are not going to tell you how to access them. You can access the dunes easily from dunes edge campground in provincetown if you stay there or at least you could years ago, who knows if they have blocked off the trails by now.

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A great river canoe trip is on the saint croix from vancboro about 22 miles down to loon bay. There's lots of rapids but most of them are not super heavy, mostly class II with a class III at little falls. This is a wilderness trip but is very popular and lots of people can be on the river say 4th of July weekend etc. You can go further down to the lake which is 35 miles total. It can be a 2 or 3 day trip though I may try to go to loon bay in one day this year.

Rent canoes or arrange for your car to be at the take out with CC canoe:

http://www.cccanoe.com/

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 03:10:31 PM »

Some people go to the minute man national historic park and sites around Concord and Lexington MA if your into revolutionary war history


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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2017, 03:48:43 PM »
Thank you everyone.

Going to half to ask the boss for another week : D First two days are all business. Talking to real estate agents and employers. All gravy after. Defiantly going to popham beach. That looks amazing. Going to see if I can stretch a day and get to Acadia. Looks good.

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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2017, 04:42:17 PM »
 Popham is pretty nice. I used to camp there in mid may before the summer when it was not as crowded and surf with the seals.
. That part of maine is not near major population areas anyway. I think probably Acadia can get more crowded in the summer.

The first time I ever heard Alex Jones was when I was camped there on the beach listening to short wave radio in 2004. That campground may be gone but hermit island is a good place to camp nearby.


 If you walk up to fort baldwin nearby, you can get a good view of the coast from the hill and it is a very short walk

http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/popham-beach-state-park

This is what the fort looks like, I wouldn't be surprised if it was haunted:

https://andrikyrychok.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/fort-baldwin-a-piece-of-maines-military-history/



view of the coast from the fort



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Another spot is Reid State park on the coast. It's not far away from popham but there is an inlet so you have to drive way around



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http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/reid-state-park

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There is probably a high speed ferry that runs to Yarmouth Nova Scotia out of bar harbor Maine, I used to take that and then drive a few hours up to Port Joli and that area which can have great surfing during atlantic hurricane season but that part of Nova Scotia is super nice

http://www.ferries.ca/early-booking-bonus-on-the-cat/?gclid=Cj0KEQjww7zHBRCToPSj_c_WjZIBEiQAj8il5IP2i8d4sX-UrnIWtapjTg0OUh0_X4dpbLYHwtOPp3MaAoQU8P8HAQ


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 The biggest beach resort area is old orchard beach which has rides, nigh clubs, live music ..

 Other decent beaches are York beach, Ogunquit, and Kennebunk.  The traffic and crowds can be a little lighter at Wells beach .. but on a hot day most of the beaches are jammed. The beaches are mostly south of Portland.  Except for a few beaches like popham, most of mid coast Maine is rocky.

Besides LL Bean, Kittery trading post in Kittery is a mega outdoor store. There is a giant Cabbelas in Sacrborough right off the highway. Those places have large selections of guns, used guns, Archery, Hunting, camping, outdoor gear etc .. I recommend the Thai Restaurant across the parking lot from Cabbelas.

 Sebaggo Lake is known for landlocked salmon ..

 Baxter State park has mount Katadin, a major peak. Camping at Abol Bridge is a good spot on the river. People raft the Penobscott west branch there which has huge rapids as does the kennebeck gorge - another popular rafting river.

 The drive up to Jackman Maine through Salon and  the forks on 201 is pretty wild and scenic also and has some historic landmarks due to military expeditions into Canada in colonial times via the river etc. My camp is just south of that area ..

 Pennobscot Bay is a large bay with many islands and seems popular with sea kayaking as people kayak between the islands or perhaps camp on them ..

 There are some small amish communities in Maine. I think one is in Unity. There is a small shaker villiage near Lewiston




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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2017, 05:42:10 PM »

Another view of the coast from fort balwdin near popham







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Re: Tourist Spots for Upcoming Trip
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2017, 01:27:01 PM »
Thank you for all the tips. My last night here and I had a great time this week. Rain first part of the week pushed back schedule but I crammed most of it in. Lucked out it stopped about 30 minuets before the RedSox game started.   :)