PortlandUnited States of America

4.4/5Top Destination

Renowned for the many outdoor adventures that are nearby, Portland, Maine, also offers visitors a large downtown arts district and a vibrant food culture.

Kick off your exploration in the Old Port. This historic district with cobblestone streets and converted Victorian warehouses contains many boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Visit the late 18th-century Portland Head Light lighthouse. Although the tower isn’t open to the public, you can still explore the small museum in the former Keepers’ Quarters, which is open seasonally.

Portland’s creative side is seen in its many downtown museums and galleries. Discover three centuries of American and European fine and decorative art at the Portland Museum of Art. For music, dance and drama, visit the Merrill Auditorium and the Portland Stage theater.

After a tour of the town and its museums, go kayaking or take a boat cruise to explore coastal and inland waterways. On a warm day, swim in a clear lake, relax on the beach or go whitewater rafting down the Kennebec River. Take a short ferry ride out to the Casco Bay Islands, an archipelago off Portland’s coast. Visit the islands’ beaches, woods and villages. Peaks Island is the bay’s most populated island and has an artistic community. Walk its 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) Peaks Island Loop. In winter, go skiing in Sunday River and Sugarloaf, two skiing resorts within driving distance of the city.

Compact Portland is easy to navigate by car and public transport and on foot. There is a fee for parking in the downtown area, except on Sundays. In winter, check the nightly parking ban to avoid blocking snow plows.

The city is 310 miles (499 kilometers) from New York City and daily flights from there and Washington D.C. go into Portland International Jetport. As the city has a working port and cruise terminals, you can also get there and away by ship.

Known for

Shopping, Seafood and Port

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Where to stay in Portland

Old Port
Old Port showing a bay or harbour

Old Port

Known for Seafood, Port, Dining

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the cobblestone streets in Portland’s historic district, which combines a wealth of history with a thoroughly modern city experience.

Top Hotels in Portland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Days Inn by Wyndham Airport/Maine Mall
Days Inn by Wyndham Airport/Maine Mall
2 out of 5
461 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME
CA $83
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sable Oaks Golf Course and Maine Mall. Nonesuch River Golf Club and Scarborough Downs are also ...

3.6/5Good! (2,111 reviews)

"Great service and electric car charging station! Nice continental breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Airport/Maine Mall
Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland
Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland
2 out of 5
675 Main Street I-95, Rt 1-I95 ex 45-I295 Ex 3, South Portland, ME
CA $83
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Situated in South Portland, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Maine Military Museum and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Maine Mall. Sable Oaks Golf Course is 3 mi (4.8 ...

3.7/5Good! (2,046 reviews)

"It overlooks a resident back yard and was not scenic but ok for overnight"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2019

Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
3 out of 5
433 Fore St, Portland, ME
CA $156
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Victoria Mansion and Portland Museum of Art. Portland Observatory ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,707 reviews)

"A nice town centre hotel. Good service at reception, car valet etc. Large room and bathroom. Would have liked a kettle in the room for tea. Nice rooftop view from 4th floor"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2019

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port

Popular things to do in Portland

Portland Head Light
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Portland Head Light

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.

Portland Museum of Art
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Portland Museum of Art

5/5(5 reviews)

Maine’s largest and oldest art institution showcases three centuries of American art and European masters in its architecturally impressive museum complex.

Victoria Mansion
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Victoria Mansion

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Visit the remarkably preserved 19th-century manor house, located in downtown Portland. Get an authentic impression of life during that era.

Top activities in Portland

Operation City Quest of Portland, ME
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Operation City Quest of Portland, ME

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Portland, ME
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Portland, ME

CA $3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

New England Seacoast Excursion
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New England Seacoast Excursion

CA $108

Snap postcard-worthy photos of tranquil coastal scenery as you travel Boston's North Shore. When you reach Maine, stop for a view of the iconic Nubble Light—the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Marvel at Maine's 18th- and 19th-century architecture and sneak a peek at the Bush family compound.

Reviews of Portland

4.4

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 11, 2019

I love Portland. It's a great city a few hours drive from home. You can easily take a short or longer break in Portland. There are good venues and a lot of microbreweries.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 7, 2019

Loved the relaxed feel. Old Port was fun, shops and Maine art.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 18, 2019

Great time with friends. Lots of history downtown

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 5, 2019

Will go back when we have more time to stay longer. Loved Portland, so much to do and see, really nice people. Would stay at the Francis again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 29, 2019

Lots if shopping. Very nice place to visit for vacation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2019

I loved Portland, It's one of the Best cities I've ever been too!!

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