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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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Portland
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Portland
2.5 out of 5
340 Park Ave, Portland, ME
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $218 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Situated in Portland, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hadlock Field and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cross Insurance Arena. Portland Exposition Building and Deering ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,015 reviews)

Reviewed on Jun. 13, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Portland
The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $427 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 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! (978 reviews)
"The people that work here are absolutely incredible. The nicest staff ever"

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $242 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
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! (979 reviews)
"Staff very friendly and helpful!"

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 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.
The Cottages at Cabot Cove
The Cottages at Cabot Cove
3.5 out of 5
7 South Main Street, Kennebunkport, ME
Located in the heart of Kennebunkport, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Kennebunkport Village Green, Mast Cove Galleries, and W. Robert Paine Gallery. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"great location; very private and quiet; cottage amenities very quaint and comfortable"

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

The Cottages at Cabot Cove
1 Bedroom Ocean View Condo
1 Bedroom Ocean View Condo
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Situated in Old Orchard Beach, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Old Orchard Beach and Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club and Ferry Beach ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Perfect getaway with a baby
"My husband and I stayed for Labor Day weekend with our 1 year old. The place is clean, has plenty of space, and an amazing view of the water from a big balcony. With the dishwasher, a fully set up kitchen, and in unit laundry, it’s the perfect place to stay with kids. Masks are required in common ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

1 Bedroom Ocean View Condo
Renovated Apartment in Downtown Biddeford Near Waterfront
Renovated Apartment in Downtown Biddeford Near Waterfront
Biddeford, ME
Situated in Biddeford, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Saco Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fresenius Medical Care at South Maine Medical Center ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
A week at the beach
"Clean, comfortable, quiet, and in a great location. We would definitely stay again in the future."

Reviewed on Jun. 8, 2021

Renovated Apartment in Downtown Biddeford Near 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.

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