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Boston - Portland - Brunswick

The Downeaster offers a charming and scenic ride through New England's coastal towns, historic landmarks, and serene landscapes. From the vibrant culture of Boston to the rustic beauty of Maine's seashore, this train journey invites passengers to immerse themselves in the rich traditions, culinary delights, and breathtaking vistas of a region that captures the essence of America's heritage. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or simply in search of a leisurely escape, the Downeaster provides a delightful and memorable experience.

Relax in comfortable seating and take advantage of amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and power outlets. With the Downeaster service, Amtrak offers a delightful and relaxing journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the coastal beauty of Maine.

3 hours

Trip Time

145 mi (233 km)

Trip Length

Multiple Daily


Route Highlights

Boston, Massachusetts: The journey starts in Boston, a city rich in American history and culture. Before embarking on the train, explore the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, or the vibrant neighborhoods like the North End, Boston's Little Italy.

Chelsea Creek: As the train leaves Boston, it provides a view of Chelsea Creek, an industrial waterway known for its role in the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Chelsea Creek was a critical early victory for the American forces.

Mystic River: The train glides by the Mystic River, offering picturesque views of the waterway and a glimpse into the coastal life of Massachusetts. The river's name, derived from the Wampanoag language, reflects the region's Native American heritage.

Woburn, Massachusetts: This charming town offers a glimpse into New England's architectural character. Its beautiful homes and green spaces are a testament to the region's suburban appeal.

Haverhill, Massachusetts: A significant mill town during the industrial revolution, Haverhill has a rich history that is reflected in its historic architecture. The views of the Merrimack River add to the city's scenic charm.

Exeter, New Hampshire: Known for the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter is a quintessential New England town. Its colonial architecture and small-town ambiance provide a pleasant view from the train.

Great Bay: This tidal estuary is part of New Hampshire's Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The diverse ecosystem and marshland vistas provide a tranquil and scenic stretch of the journey.

Dover, New Hampshire: With its beautiful mills and Cocheco River waterfront, Dover's historic charm is captivating. The town played a significant role in early American industry, particularly textiles.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Passengers can take in views of Portsmouth's historic seaport. The city is known for its maritime heritage, vibrant arts scene, and attractions like the Strawbery Banke Museum, showcasing preserved colonial buildings.

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maine: This portion of the ride offers stunning views of coastal marshes, forests, and fields. The reserve is dedicated to the protection of salt marshes and is home to diverse bird species.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine: This popular summertime destination offers a view of sandy beaches and the bustling pier. Passengers can glimpse the oceanfront amusement parks and the joy of vacationers enjoying the beach.

Portland, Maine: Famous for its lighthouses and lobster shacks, Portland offers a blend of urban and maritime experiences. Explore the Old Port's cobblestone streets or visit the Portland Head Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in America.

Freeport, Maine: The home of L.L. Bean's flagship store, Freeport offers an exciting shopping experience with a small-town vibe. The town's blend of outlets and historic buildings makes it a popular destination.

Brunswick, Maine: The journey concludes in Brunswick, a town known for Bowdoin College and its strong sense of community. Enjoy the artistic and architectural beauty, such as the Greek Revival buildings, or explore nearby coastal gems.


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