Portland

Travel Guide
Portland Head Light showing a lighthouse, general coastal views and rugged coastline

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, 04102
Fully refundable
The price is £94 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this B&B in Portland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"The Hotel was very convenient to the Westin Hotel where I was attending a breakfast convention. While parking was a premium, staff was GREAT and moved their car for me to park closer to the hotel."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Inn at St John Portland In-Town
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 £138 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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! (950 reviews)
"Good stay. Good customer service"

Reviewed on 9 May 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 £172 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
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 their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,055 reviews)
"The staff was very professional and helpful."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

The Westin Portland Harborview
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.
Nice One Bedroom Private apt
Nice One Bedroom Private apt
Portland, ME
The price is £247 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Portland. Enjoy WiFi, a garden and barbecues. Popular attractions Cross Insurance Arena and Maine Mall are located nearby. Discover ...
3.5/5 Good! (2 reviews)
Nice clean place
"Was exactly what we needed. Brought the pup with us it was great!"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2021

Nice One Bedroom Private apt
Modern loft - Downtown, steps from all the action!
Modern loft - Downtown, steps from all the action!
Portland, ME
The price is £406 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this condo in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV and a kitchen. Popular attractions Cross Insurance Arena and Maine Mall are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
Modern loft - Downtown, steps from all the action!
Convenient, Modern Thompson s Point 3-Bed Flat
Convenient, Modern Thompson s Point 3-Bed Flat
Portland, ME
Stay at this apartment in Portland. Enjoy WiFi, a garden and barbecues. Popular attractions Cross Insurance Arena and Maine Mall are located nearby. Discover ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Clean, updated, spacious apartment
"This is a wonderful three-bedroom apartment in a great location. Very clean and well-appointed. We‘re very happy with our stay here."

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Convenient, Modern Thompson s Point 3-Bed Flat
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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