Portland

Travel Guide
Portland Head Light which includes rocky coastline, general coastal views and a lighthouse

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

Inn at St John Portland In-Town
Inn at St John Portland In-Town
2.5 out of 5
939 Congress St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $152 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Valley Street, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Southern Maine, Portland Museum of Art, and Thompson's Point. Cross Insurance ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (846 reviews)
"Owners very nice and accommodating - securely stored our bikes in the basement!"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Inn at St John Portland In-Town
The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $316 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Portland Museum of Art and Cross Insurance Arena. Hadlock Field and University of Southern ...
4.3/5Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Our room was nice & clean. The roof top bar was nice. Only one elevator was operating! The check in staff very friendly & good valet staff good too thankful for Marty who drove the hotel van. The hotel location was not in a good spot… I did not feel safe"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

The Westin Portland Harborview
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Maine
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Maine
3.5 out of 5
1050 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME
The price is CA $261 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Stroudwater, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thompson's Point, Maine Mall, and University of Southern Maine. Portland Museum of Art and Cross ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"Convenient location within close proximity to Thompson's Point"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Maine
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.
Beautiful 1st Floor Apartment & Amazing Shower
Beautiful 1st Floor Apartment & Amazing Shower
Portland, ME
The price is CA $249 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Parkside, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Deering Oaks Park, Fitzpatrick Stadium, and Portland Exposition Building. Neal S. Dow ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Excellent apartment, even better property manager!
"The property manager truly made our stay memorable. She was friendly, responsive, and incredibly generous. Much better service than you would receive staying at a hotel !"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2021

Beautiful 1st Floor Apartment & Amazing Shower
Beautiful House Rental At Diamond Cove At Great Diamond Island
Beautiful House Rental At Diamond Cove At Great Diamond Island
Portland, ME
This family-friendly Portland vacation home is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Sand Beach and Landing Beach. Portland Observatory and Children's ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Great get away
"Very quiet and relaxing. Ellen was great and always available for questions. The ferry ride was about 50 minutes due to the many stops but the ride was peaceful looking at the surroundings. Other than the logistics of getting to Portland great get away spot"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2021

Beautiful House Rental At Diamond Cove At Great Diamond Island
1 Bed Apartment in Heart of Portland's West End
1 Bed Apartment in Heart of Portland's West End
Portland, ME
The price is CA $319 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
This family-friendly Portland apartment building is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of International Cryptozoology Museum and Cross Insurance Arena. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great apartment, great location!
"We had such a wonderful time staying here. It was in a perfect location that allowed us to easily walk most places we wanted to go and introduced us to restaurants that have become new favorites. Everything about the process was very easy. The apartment had a very modern, clean feel and was equipped ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2021

1 Bed Apartment in Heart of Portland's West End
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.

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