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Old 03-16-2015, 06:20 AM   #1
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Advice on trip to Maine in July

Looking at planning a trip with our 5th wheel up to southern Maines coast in July. Have been recommended Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport or I found Baileys near old orchard beach. Anyone have any personal experience with either. Looking for things to do in the area as well? How's traffic up this way? Is this area just another tourist trap in July?Route recommendations? I will be coming from southeast pa/Delaware area. Thanks
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:35 AM   #2
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There is another thread with a similar subject. I don't know about Red Apple but we stayed at Baleys once and it was packed and a zoo. I guess they've opened up a new area since we've been so maybe it's better.

Old Orchard Beach is touristy and crowded. Still kind of fun - we ride our bikes in or take a shuttle in from the campground to avoid driving/parking.

Depending on how far up you are going, the coast gets prettier past Bath. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is beautiful. We liked Megunticook Campground in Rockport.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:48 AM   #3
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I camp in Old Orchard Beach often and like to stay at Hid N' Pines campground as it is within walking distance to the beach and has a local supermarket close by (400 yards or so). They also have a new area with large easy to get into sites. The CG is quiet and does not offer activities every hour like some do. We go for the beach and the family atmosphere.

It is busy in July. But what N.E. Seaside town is not busy during the only two months a year that the beach is worth it?

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Old 03-16-2015, 08:29 PM   #4
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Do I dare try and go thru nyc with fiver?
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I wouldn't drive through NYC with a car never mind an RV and especially avoid George Wash Bridge. Coming up thru Hartford isnt any picnic either .Lots of routes in the On the road forum. Your basically looking at 81 to 90(Mass Pike) to 495 to 95. You'll have plenty of company from Mass to Maine if your coming on the weekend.Nh and Maine toll booths can get really backed up on the weekend.
Despite all that south coast of Maine and NH have everything you could want. Shopping at Kittery and Freeport. LL Bean. Nubble Light. Two Lights. Portland Head light. Portland is a great little city. Take a boat ride thru the Calendar Islands. we been going up there for 60 years
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By the way get a Delorme Maine Atlas best way to find the back roads and avoid all the d*** tourists
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I wouldn't drive through NYC with a car never mind an RV and especially avoid George Wash Bridge. Coming up thru Hartford isnt any picnic either .Lots of routes in the On the road forum. Your basically looking at 81 to 90(Mass Pike) to 495 to 95. You'll have plenty of company from Mass to Maine if your coming on the weekend.Nh and Maine toll booths can get really backed up on the weekend.

Despite all that south coast of Maine and NH have everything you could want. Shopping at Kittery and Freeport. LL Bean. Nubble Light. Two Lights. Portland Head light. Portland is a great little city. Take a boat ride thru the Calendar Islands. we been going up there for 60 years

What would be a good day to check in/ checkout? The most direct route from home is just over 7 hours but that's through nyc. If I go the long way it'll add 2-3 hours easily. What about trying to scoot thru nyc in the middle of the night? Any good time that I could?
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I have friends that use theTappan Zee and avoid some of the NYC traffic.Can't say on going thru at night. Reason I stopped going thru NYC altogether was getting lost(pre_GPS) one night on my way to Gettysburg.
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X2 on the Tappan Zee bridge.

I would also suggest getting an EZPass for the toll roads and bridges.
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Ayup, NY EZE Pass. It's free and saves a lot of hassles. It's also good from Maine to Fla.
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