OK guys, I did some research on Maine coast lands in fodors and Google maps and other posts tagged as "ME" and trip reports on ME.
Here's what I wanna do and below are my Qs :
I'm planning to drive all the way up to Bangor,ME from NJ (where I live) and stay at a Hilton/Marriott in Bangor(racked up some points).I've skipped Boston/NH so I can concentrate on ME and I have about 5 days free of stay in Marriott/Hilton based on my points.I'm also thinking of splitting my stay betwen Bangor and Portland,ME.(Oh god,I have to tag ME for every Portland(ME) reference here,AAHHH!!)
This is because Graduation Day's coming up on May 8-10 and hotels may not be available in Bangor,I heard.Hence the change of plan.
After Portsmouth,NH,I'm planning to take RT-1 and drive to Bangor due to scenic route/coastal line, based on other responses.
Places considering to visit are :
Blue Hill Peninsula
Mount Desert Island
Ocean related views
Boats/Short Boat Trips
Whale/Dolphin/Sea Life watching
Anything related to sea/water/ocean
Places and Drive similar to Key West,FL
Not Interested :
Trails more than 2 miles
Standing in long Queue for visiting a place/center
Wild Life, as am traveling alone, didn't wanna fall off the river (happened near Houston :-()
Is Bangor a central spot to stay and drive to the above mentioned places?
Is RT-1 a scenic route or should I stick to I-95?
Is 3-4 days enough for these places for my interests?
What places to skip to squeeze my Bangor Stay for 3-4 days?
What places to not to miss while I stay at Bangor for 3-4 days?
Should I split my stay in Bangor for 4 days to Portland,ME 2 days and Bangor 2 days? would that be helpful to cover places around Portland,ME and Places around,Bangor,ME?
Should I reach first Bangor and cover the places around and descend to Portland on 3rd day ?
Should I take RT-1 while driving from NJ to Bangor or drive all the way to Bangor on I-95 and cover RT-1 while returning? There's addl 50-75 miles,if I take RT-1,you know.
Being an Asian/Indian,I have to ask this,Is ME safe?I'm concerned of hate crimes,racial discrimination etc (had some unpleasant experience in Arkansas,Missouri),Not to offend anyone?
Are the above places mentioned are safe for driving in daytime/evenings?
How about the traffic from NJ,I-95 to Bangor?
Is it iffy,bumper to bumper,construction,bad roads,too many tolls?Any aDvice on that?
will 10 hrs be realisitc for 440-498 miles from NJ to Bangor, thru I-95 direct, or I-95 and RT-1?
I can stretch the stay to 5 days,if needed.Hence, any response would be great and thanks in advance,