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Re: Driving through massachusetts, I need suggestions
Posted by Noel [Email] (#876) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Noel) on Sat, 30 Jun 2018 07:27:15

In Reply to: Driving through massachusetts, I need suggestions, adl6009, Sat, 30 Jun 2018 07:08:54
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The coastal route isn't much in Mass. You are often near the ocean but not along it. Cape Cod (used to live there) is best in Mass for beaches, but is very crowded in summer. The beaches are all down side roads, whether you want to hit the ocean or Bay Side. The further "down Cape" you go, as in past Brewster/Eastham/Chatham, the better. The National Seashore is in that part of the Cape, and worth a visit. Lots of lighthouses and big beaches. The "Upper Cape," between the Cape Cod Canal and Yarmouth is tourist trap central, especially on the south side from Falmouth to Yarmouth.

For woods and mountains go west to the Berkshires. The MassPike is fast but the more scenic route (slower) is Route 2. It gets tourist traffic but is a nicer ride. The back roads off Rte 2 are really nice. Many great roads. Get a real map (not your GPS) and explore!

The routes all get better if you go into Vermont out of western Mass. The main 2-lane in VT is Route 100, which gets busy, but is very scenic. You can get to VT easily off Rte 2 in a number of spots. The states are small and the distances aren't bad.

You'll get better coastal stuff over in Maine, especially above Camden, but all the great spots are down side roads that go out on the many peninsulas on the ME coast. Maine also has great lakes and mountains. Ocean is east, lake and mountains north and west.

_______________________________________ Noel 1999 9-3 SE auto (daily driver) 1996 9000 CSE 5 speed (soon to leave) 2003 9-5 Linear SportWagon (wife's) 1984 C900 4 door Base model (RIP) 1995 9000 CS (sold) 1996 9000 CS (RIP) 2000 9-3 SE (RIP)

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