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Lobster dining, cruising Casco Bay, touring museums and enjoying the bars and pubs in the city's historic center make a visit to Portland enjoyable.


Portland, Maine, 112 miles (180 km) northeast of Boston MA (map) is one of New England's most vibrant cities, with a revivified and restored city center, a variety of hotels, plenty of good restaurants and shops, lots of lobsters to eat, and abundant opportunities for outdoor activities in woods and forests.

Cities in Maine have never had a reputation for chic or avant-garde ambience because Maine is a rural state, and it's the farmlands, woodlands, and coastal industries, such as lobstering, that count.

But Portland, the state's largest city and its transportation hub and business center, may be changing all that.

What to See & Do

  Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
  Portland Museum of Art: excellent!

In Portland, you can visit the city's colonial, Early American, and Victorian landmarks, browse through the Portland Museum of Art, or take a cruise in Portland Harbor or Casco Bay. More....

The Civic Center draws sports events, conventions, and big-name entertainers, and its revitalized waterfront area, known as the Old Port, is now even more attractive than it was in its Victorian heyday when the railroads, the huge sailing fleet, and the trade in lumber and fish made Portland prosperous.

Portland is also a great dining town, with a good variety of restaurants, particularly in the Old Port. Maine lobster is always on the menu.

Getting to Portland

Intercity buses run between Boston and Portland at least 14 times daily in about 2 hours, some stopping at Boston's Logan International Airport. More...

Amtrak's Downeaster train runs between Boston and Portland five times daily, taking 2.5 hours to make the trip. More...

The Portland International Jetport serves non-stop flights to a number of cities in the eastern and central USA. More...

Where to Stay

Hotels in Portland are concentrated in South Portland just off Interstate 95 near the Maine Mall and Portland International Jetport, but there are also fine lodgings in the city center, including some thrifty ones. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

Portland Hotels & Inns

What to See & Do in Portland

How to Eat a Lobster

Casco Bay Cruises

Portland Transportation

Tourist Information

The Kennebunks


Southwestern Maine

Midcoast Maine

Maine Highlights

About Maine


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Cityscape, Portland, Maine

Above, cityscape in Portland, Maine.

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