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4.17 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.17
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 31, 2008

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Steve
July 23, 2011
A nice relaxing ride, I take this ride almost…
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Barman67
February 20, 2017
First time riding this road. great ride and…
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Written Directions

Take Rt 286 off RT 95 in Salisbury, MA to the "Beaches". Left onto 1A and follow 1A north all the way into Portsmouth, NH.

Scenery

Starting at MA state line, 50% of this ride is directly on the waterfront. Nothing between you and the crashing waves! A classic northeastern coastal run.

Drive Enjoyment

After the first couple of miles of cottages and the Beach in Hampton, the road twists most of the way to Portsmouth. Smooth surface, my favorite road in all of New England!

Tourism Opportunities

It's a short road, with areas to stop view the ocean and Isle of Shoals. Seasonal places to eat. Everything you could need or want year round is within 15 mins inland of the road. At the far end is Portsmouth one of the best restaurant towns in New England. Overall, this is a very motorcycle friendly area. High concentration of resident bike owners ... a great place to ride!

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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Rt 1A - The Seacoast Highway
Rt 1A - The Seacoast Highway
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Steve
July 23, 2011
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A nice relaxing ride, I take this ride almost every time I can. I usually stop at one of the pull offs south of Odiorne Point to stretch my legs and watch the water. When I get up into Rye, I usually pull off of 1A and travel up 1B into Newcastle, stopping at Fort Constitution for another little walk around.

The temperature on the coast is typically cooler as well, making it for a more comfortable ride in the hot days of the summer.

Be sure to follow the speed limit and watch for heavy pedestrian traffic, as there are a lot of police patrolling around Hampton and Rye. The higher population of motorcycle riders in the area does make the roads more bike friendly, but the police are typically less friendly, especially on the Hampton Beach strip. Also, be on the lookout for people who like to pull stunts on their bikes - these people aren't usually paying attention to the vehicles around them and I've had a few close calls on both my bike and in my car.
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Barman67
February 20, 2017
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
First time riding this road. great ride and plenty of hotel options. love the twisty turns and ponds on left side of road. very quiet ride and not too much traffic.
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Guest
December 29, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I have always Loved the coastal ride...I suggest you make a day of it and ride into Maine....follow it up to the Bush's compound up in Kennebunk and finish with dinner at Bentleys Saloon in Arundel...this is a biker friendly establishment....so many shops and places to stop on the way.
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