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The state capital of Maine, and one of the oldest settlements on the US east coast, Augusta is a pleasant spot for a relaxing getaway in the Kennebec Valley. The city itself has plenty of cultural and historic diversions to explore, from museums to landmark monuments such as the State Capitol building, but the ease of car hire in Augusta demands exploring the wider area.
There is a wealth of outdoor activities in the vicinity of Augusta, all framed against a backdrop of beautiful Maine countryside.
If you plan to arrive by plane, then Augusta State Airport is just a short distance out of the city centre, while Knox County Regional Airport is a 46-mile drive, close to Rockland. Both have daily regional scheduled flights from a range of airlines.
There are a number of car hire companies such as Europcar, Hertz and Sixt in Augusta which give you plenty of choice when it comes to the make and size of car you require.
Hiring a car in Augusta means you can conveniently wander the wider Maine region, an area noted for its beauty particularly during fall and dotted with splendid historic towns and villages. Portland is a charmingly rough around the edges coastal city with a proud nautical heritage. Its laidback atmosphere is enhanced by a flourishing restaurant and brewery scene that has caused Portland to become one of Maine’s most bohemian and lively outposts.
Around 160 miles to the south of Augusta, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and can make for an excellent long day -trip if you rent a car in Augusta. You might follow the Freedom Trail to learn about the Boston Tea Party and the ‘shot heard around the world’, see historic ships in the harbour, or even catch a Red Sox game.
Bangor, around an hour’s drive northeast of Augusta, is another city swelling with fascinating cultural and historic attractions, most notably a magnificent mix of architecture that ranges from Victorian to Greek Revival, Italianate Colonial and Gothic.
You’ll find that most Augusta hire cars come with automatic transmission, but if you would prefer a manual then it’s simply a matter of requesting one from your car rental company.
As in many parts of the US, Augusta highways are usually wide and see relatively low traffic outside of major events, making driving a pleasure. Remember that speed limits can vary widely, especially in built-up areas.
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