The Amtrak Downeaster Rail begins in Portland, Maine and ends in Boston, Massachusetts. In between there are stops in Old Orchard Beach ME, Saco ME, Wells ME, Dover NH, Durham NH, Exeter NH, Haverhill MA, and Woburn MA. For this series of articles I will expound upon the merits of each stop along the Downeaster Amtrak tour.
The town of Durham is home to the University of New Hampshire, and the Amtrak train drops you off right on campus. The town lies beside the Great Bay at the mouth of Oyster River. Visitors can check out the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about upland hardwood forests, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and mudflats. Explore the 19th century gundalow replica or wander through the native gardens surrounding the center. Birders can watch such local species as Great Bay’s wintering eagle population, migratory warblers, waterfowl, and osprey.
While not the most bustling of Amtrak stops along the Downeaster Adventure tour, Durham is quaint and picturesque, and worthy of an afternoon of exploration.
Past articles in this series:
- Amtrak Downeaster Adventure – Overview
- Amtrak Downeaster Adventure – Portland, ME
- Amtrak Downeaster Adventure – Old Orchard Beach, ME
- Amtrak Downeaster Adventure – Saco, ME
- Amtrak Downeaster Adventure – Wells, ME
- Amtrak Downeaster Adventure – Dover, NH