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PortlandUnited States of America

The largest city in Maine is a gateway for island hopping in summer, skiing in winter and a thriving cultural center year-round.

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.

Where to stay in Portland

Old Port showing a bay or harbour

Old Port

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Old Port. A stop by Cross Insurance Arena or Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal might round out your trip.

Old Port

Top Hotels in Portland

The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $150 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Downtown Portland, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Portland Museum of Art, Cross Insurance Arena and Victoria Mansion. University of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (950 reviews)

"Comfortable rooms and helpful staff. It would be nice if they offered some complimentary breakfast and internet"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

The Westin Portland Harborview
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
3 out of 5
433 Fore St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $183 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)

"Great location Good free breakfast considering Covid restrictions"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
2.5 out of 5
209 Fore St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $141 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal and Cross Insurance Arena. Cathedral of the Immaculate ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (965 reviews)

"Everything was within walking distance. Plenty to do downtown and the ports were nice."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Portland

84 Main by Capital Vacations
84 Main by Capital Vacations
4 out of 5
84 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME

Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 5-minute walk of Brick Store Museum and Kennebunk Free Library. Gardens at Historic Wallingford Hall and Kennebunk ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)

"Such a beautifully decorated and relaxing place! The check in and check out were incredibly easy and the location is great!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2020

84 Main by Capital Vacations
Sweet Suite Near Beach in Quiet Wooded Setting
Sweet Suite Near Beach in Quiet Wooded Setting
23 Woodside Dr, Kennebunk, ME
The price is CA $106 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kennebunk Dog Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wedding Cake House and Brick Store Museum. ...

5/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Very cute

"The owners are wonderful and the place is very cute and they supplied a bottle of wine which we had outside in the beautiful backyard. I didn't realize the "downstairs suite" was a basement apartment and I was alright with that but it did smell musty. A dehumidified would go a long way. I also didn't ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

Sweet Suite Near Beach in Quiet Wooded Setting
Little Miss Cottages
Little Miss Cottages
2.5 out of 5
173 East Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Located in the heart of Old Orchard Beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Orchard Beach and Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club is 2.3 mi ...

4/5Very Good! (35 reviews)

"Great place to stay! Very clean, and comfortable, and the staff is exceptionally attentive and polite!! Not our first stay, and certainly won’t be our last!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2020

Little Miss Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Portland

Higgins Beach
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Higgins Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

At the mouth of the Spurwink River in Scarborough, take a stroll on the white sand or paddle a kayak over gentle waves.

Portland Head Light
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Portland Head Light

4.5/5(27 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.

Top things to do in Portland

Kennebunkport: A Walk Through Time - Celebrating 200+ Years!
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Kennebunkport: A Walk Through Time - Celebrating 200+ Years!

CA $40
Per adult
Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets
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Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets

CA $131
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Portland Tall Ship Cruise
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Portland Tall Ship Cruise

CA $92
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Maine
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Maine

CA $13
Per adult
Portland Scavenger Hunt: The Maine Event
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Portland Scavenger Hunt: The Maine Event

CA $26
Per adult
Portland, Maine Lighthouse Tour
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Portland, Maine Lighthouse Tour

CA $59
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Portland

4.3

Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Just passing through; did not really see much but the hotel lobby.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 8, 2020

We love Portland. Great food and pretty good shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 11, 2019

Loved the city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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 traveller

Sep 7, 2019

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

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Aug 31, 2019

Stay in Freeport instead or better yer go to Kennebunkport as so much more to see and do.

Cities near Portland

Fort Preble showing wild flowers

South Portland

Scarborough featuring a coastal town and general coastal views as well as a large group of people

Scarborough

Photo by Emily Barton

Biddeford

Brunswick featuring a church or cathedral and flowers

Brunswick