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Hitchiking in Maine, US, is fairly simple. Most drivers will stop for you, even in "No hitchhiking zones" which are generally along large interstates (such as I-95). There are "No hitchhikers" signs posted just past some of the on-ramps, so be sure to stand a good distance in front of them, as to not intimidate drivers. Thumbing the on-ramps to these freeways is legal, and hitchhiker Amylin waited no more than 5 minutes at most of the on-ramps to I-95 South on a clear day in November.

From the airport

Getting a ride from the Portland, ME International Airport (PWM) is fairly simple, since there is only one road to exit the airport: Jetport Blvd. If you walk backwards along this road with your thumb out, you have a fairly good chance of getting a ride. There is also a pick-up/drop-off spot just outside the exit, where people often wait for Taxis and car rides. There is also a local bus that stops at this spot that will bring you downtown. You might get a ride by talking to the people waiting here, as well. Often times, they can be friendly.

If you are heading North out of Portland, there are two awkward places to get on I295-N. It is often better to forgo these options. Take the city bus, route 7, to Falmouth and get off on the last stop. The ramp to I295-N is 1/4 mile from the bus stop. There is less traffic there than in Portland, but the flow is still steady and there is more room to pull over. It generally take less than 20 minutes to catch a ride.

Personal experiences

"Thumbed all around Maine. Very easy and friendly. Longest had to wait was an hour to get a ride. Bar Harbor area was the hardest for hitching due to high volume of tourist." - Anonymous hitchhiker.
--Tonypro 17:50, 3 February 2012 (CET)Bar Harbor and neighboring Acadia National Park, one of the most likely destinations for anyone visiting Maine, has a comprehensive, free bus service all around the island, and into Ellsworth on the mainland where a long-distance ride can be more easily caught.

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