Portland, ME

Travel Guide
Portland Head Light showing rocky coastline, general coastal views and a sunset
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.

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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, 04102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $227 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Portland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)
Pricy but pleasant stay in Portland
"Probably the priciest hotel stay I’ve had since the pandemic. Clean and pleasant. Nicest LaQuinta I’ve encountered. Breakfast not the greatest. Friendly staff."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Portland
The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME, 04101
The price is $233 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Portland. Enjoy a full-service spa, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,107 reviews)
"Staff wasn’t very hopeful with parking which was right next door. They pointed to it, but never told you that you need a room key to access it. Nonetheless, stay was nice, but no amenities beside the restaurant."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

The Westin Portland Harborview
Portland Harbor Hotel
Portland Harbor Hotel
4 out of 5
468 Fore Street, Portland, ME, 04101
The price is $332 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 coffee shops/cafes, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,007 reviews)
Mixed feelings
"Somewhat a "good news, bad news" review. The location is absolutely terrific -- walked virtually everywhere and loved being so close to the harbor. The restaurant/bar turned out be great -- in terms of food, drink and service, with a particular shout-out to the amazing Rebecca who indulged our every ..."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Portland Harbor Hotel
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.
Historic Condo w/ Casco Bay Views, Fireplace, WiFi & 2 Bikes - Walk Everywhere!
Historic Condo w/ Casco Bay Views, Fireplace, WiFi & 2 Bikes - Walk Everywhere!
Portland, ME
Stay at this condo in Portland. Enjoy a patio, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Cross Insurance Arena and Maine Mall are located nearby. Discover ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
Sunny and charming
"Sunny top floor apartment with a view of Casco Bay. Very clean. Made a comfortable home for our 4 day stay. Less than a mile walk from the Old Port or Washington Ave and only steps away from the Eastern Promenade and trail in a lovely residential neighborhood. We brought our bikes but the hosts have ..."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Historic Condo w/ Casco Bay Views, Fireplace, WiFi & 2 Bikes - Walk Everywhere!
CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND 2 BD 1 BA | FAST WIFI
CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND 2 BD 1 BA | FAST WIFI
Portland, ME
Stay at this apartment in Portland. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Cross Insurance Arena and Maine Mall are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
More than what was described
"The property is super gorgeous with lots of spaces. Clean,neat and quiet neighborhood. Will recommend this 👌 👍 Manager was super responsive and helpful."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND 2 BD 1 BA | FAST WIFI
Ocean view Victorian
Ocean view Victorian
Portland, ME
Stay at this apartment in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
"We loved that the property was clean and walkable to downtown! The only problem during our stay was all of the construction in the area. Had we known, we would have changed our location or date of travel."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

Ocean view Victorian
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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