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Old 05-18-2004, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Best Route from Portland

I need to drive from Portland, Maine to the lake. Is there a good direct route?

In the past I've gone south to Portsmouth and north again but there has to be a more direct route.

Suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2004, 04:28 PM   #2
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What part of the lake are you trying to get to?
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:25 PM   #3
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I visit customers in Portland a few times a month. As Rattlesnake Gal asked, depends on which side of the lake you're trying to get to.

Since I'm in Laconia, I usually take 11 to 16 to the Spaulding and then get on the Maine Turnpike. The other route, which I take when I'm in a more relaxed mood is NH 25 to 16 to ME 25. That ends up around Westbrook. Less miles, but about the same amount of time. Probably the best way if your on the east side of the lake.

Kind of frustrating since Portland is due East of Laconia, but there's a big lake in the way
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Old 05-19-2004, 09:14 AM   #4
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The only other way is to take Rt. 25 from Meredith, all the way over to Westbrook, ME. It's a long, slow ride through Maine. Nice scenery though, if you are not in a rush.
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Default best route to Portland

We keep a sailboat in the Portland area, so we make this trip weekly.

Rte 11 to Rochester...Rte 202 in Rochester to 111..through Lebanon and Sanford straight through to the Maine turnpike in Biddeford. Get on the turnpike and Portland is 10 minutes up the road. It takes 1 hour to get from Alton to Biddeford.... Unless, of course you get stuck in an occasional Saturday morning parade in Sanford

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My in-laws live in Biddeford so I make this trip often. I take the route recommended in the previous post (202 through Sanford and Alfred). It seems to be the most direct route. It's also an easy and scenic drive.

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Default Back Road

If you're in Wolfeboro and want a back country road route Try Route #109 to Springvale ME then
ME-109 becomes MAIN ST/ME-11. go 2.2 miles
Turn LEFT onto BRIDGE ST/ME-224.
Continue to follow ME-224. go 2.0 miles
Continue to follow US-202.
Stay straight to go onto ALFRED ST W/ME-111 to Interstate 95 North.

Check it out on map
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm taking the trip next weekend and I'll try out your advice.

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