Portland is the largest city in Maine. When you are visiting Portland you must visit city’s historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor. It is located at the heart of the city between the main shopping streets in the area Exchange and Fore streets. Old Portland is well-known for its cobblestone streets, 19th century beautiful brick buildings and fishing piers. The district is filled with fabulous restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques, bakeries, hotels and fine business establishments. It is a great place to go on a Friday or Saturday night. The streets and bars will be overflowing each weekend with revelers because of its reputation for nightlife. Another popular place to visit while you are there is the Portland Observatory. Built in 1807, it is the last surviving maritime signal tower in the United States. It used both a telescope and signal flags to communicate with incoming vessel several hours before it reached the docks. The tower is 86-foot tall with a fieldstone base and stands 222 feet above sea level. This octagonal and lighthouse-shaped observatory offers spectacular views of city’s busy harbor. It also serves as a beloved symbol of the city’s rich maritime heritage. You can take a guided tour which is educational and entertaining for the whole family. You can also take a sunset tour from between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm to experience an extraordinary Maine sunset over Casco Bay. You will get amazing views from the observation deck as the sun sets behind the White Mountains.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is not only the largest car rental company in the United State but also in North America. Enterprise is now offering specials for Portland and surrounding areas. Make you reservation online and enjoy the low rates while they last.
Portland offers a wide variety of recreational activities for visitors to the city. Many people visiting the city go to Eastern Promenade. It is a historic promenade which includes a 68.2-acre public park and recreation area. It offers picturesque New England views, some of the most beautiful in the world. You will enjoy a walk down the park and relax by the Casco Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Maine. You will also see ferries, rag-haulers, stink potters, lobster boats, tankers and container ships that frequent the Casco Bay and her many islands. The park features tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields and multi-use trails along the shoreline. There is a beautiful playground and lots of open space for people to explore and play games. It is a popular spot for picnics, walking, running, biking, playing Frisbee, flying kite and sledding in the winter. It is also the host of various events such as marathons, fundraising walk, swimming events and concerts. It is a great place for outdoor fun with the whole family. The park is also very pet friendly. The Portland Museum of Art also attracts many tourists to Portland. Founded in 1882, it is located in the downtown Portland area known as The Arts District. It is the largest and oldest public art institution in Maine. The permanent collection of the museum includes over 17,000 objects, the decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The center of the collection includes works by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Marin, Robert Indiana and Marsden Hartley among others that places special emphasis on the works of artists from Maine. It also has the largest European collection in the state by the European masters such as Degas, Picasso and Renoir.