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Shopping Weekend Getaway in Portland, Maine
The Maine Coast, Portland, and Freeport areas are best accessed by car. Amtrak offers trains several times daily between Boston and Portland, with midway stops including Saco and Wells, but you'll have to figure out how to get around once you arrive. Bicycles are a great way to navigate — bring your own, or rent from one of many area shops.
By Car: The state line (around Kittery) is about 60 miles from Boston; Freeport is about twice that, at 120 miles. Summer weekends, driving the distance could take hours as traffic can back up all the way to the New Hampshire border. Take I-95 to Wells or I-295 to Portland and Freeport.
Note that police are especially vigilant along roads connecting the highway to the coast where speed limits drop substantially. Beach access is typically open to anyone; the challenge is where to park. Many inns provide coveted parking passes to guests staying more than one night.
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