Wednesday June 27, 2012 | 09:21 AM

The Amtrak Downeaster is a perfect option for taking a day trip while leaving the car at home. And it's now becoming a great option for those who want to head south with their bike, no roof rack required.

Under the Take the Train to Maine options on its website, Amtrak is currently promoting featured car-free activities. Among them is a Wells bike adventure.

According to Amtrak officials, bikes are allowed for passengers boarding in Portland, Wells and Boston North Station. From Portland, the Downeaster departs five times daily for the quick ride to Wells.

Board the 8:05 a.m. train and be in Wells by 8:44 - no need to stop, slow or be rerouted for construction. The fare is $11 per person and $5 per bike. When making an online reservation there's a handy button to click to add the bike to your trip.

The Wells station is located just two miles from Wells Beach, making it an easy bike ride to the shore. And you can find loops of 21, 34 and 49 miles conveniently mapped out for you on the Downeaster website. The routes take cyclists along the coastline, past historic homes, the Seashore Trolley Museum and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

Click here for route information and highlights. And enjoy your rides - on train and bike.


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