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Portland is the largest city in Maine and is located along the state's southern Atlantic coastline. Built on a narrow peninsula overlooking the islands of Casco Bay, Portland was founded in 1632. A great fire on July 4, 1866 destroyed much of the city, but it was soon rebuilt and became one of the finest harbors on the East Coast. Portland is a city with a friendly, small town charm, with cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, art galleries, unique shops and restaurants. The coast, lakes and streams of the Portland area provide ample opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, white-water rafting, mountain climbing, skiing and golf and more. You can visit nearby lighthouses, and take a cruise to one of the Casco Bay Islands. Just a few of the other interesting things to see in this city include the Portland Observatory built in 1807, the Children's Museum of Maine, the Portland Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Longfellow House. The latter is the boyhood home of the poet and the first brick home built in Portland. Also, take some time to wander along the Old Port waterfront, which is full of arts and crafts shops, galleries, boutiques, bookstores and restaurants. Be sure to drive out to Cape Elizabeth, a Portland suburb that juts out into the Atlantic, and home to Two Lights, one of the cape's three lighthouses. The historic Portland Head Light, located approximately two miles from the center of town, was commissioned by President George Washington in 1791 and has walking paths and picnic facilities.

Surrounding areas: South Portland, Maine (2.3 mi), Great Diamond Island, Maine (3.7 mi), Peaks Island, Maine (3.8 mi), Long Island, Maine (5.3 mi), Falmouth Foreside, Maine (5.7 mi), Scarborough, Maine (6.0 mi), Higgins Beach, Maine (7.3 mi)

Portland Vacation Rentals

Portland Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn1150 Brighton AvePortland, ME (207) 775-3711
Doubletree Hotel Portland1230 Congress StPortland, ME (207) 774-5611
Eastland Park Hotel157 High StPortland, ME (207) 746-5411
Embassy Suites Hotel1050 Westbrook StPortland, ME (207) 775-2200
Fairfield Inn340 Park AvePortland, ME (207) 871-0611
Hilton Gadren Inn Portland Airport145 Jetport BlvdPortland, ME (207) 828-1117
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront Me65 Commercial StPortland, ME (207) 780-0780
Holiday Inn By The Bay88 Spring StPortland, ME (207) 775-2311
Holiday Inn Portland West81 Riverside StPortland, ME (207) 774-5601
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel155 Riverside StPortland, ME (207) 774-5861
MS/Scotia Prince468 Commercial StPortland, ME (207) 415-5678
Portland Regency Inn20 Milk StPortland, ME (207) 774-4200
Travelodge Of Portland1200 Brighton AvePortland, ME (207) 774-6101
Peter A Mckernan Hospitality CTR TheFort RdSouth Portand, ME2.3 mi.(207) 767-9672
Comfort Inn90 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME3.5 mi.(207) 775-0409
Howard Johnson-s Portland675 Main StSouth Portland, ME3.6 mi.(207) 775-5343
Best Western Merry Manor Inn700 Main StSouth Portland, ME3.7 mi.(207) 774-6151
Econo Lodge South Portland80 John Roberts RdSouth Portland, ME4.0 mi.(207) 772-3838
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites303 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME4.0 mi.(207) 775-3900
Marriott Hotel200 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME4.0 mi.(207) 871-8000
Sheraton South Portland363 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME4.1 mi.(207) 775-6161
Hampton Inn171 Philbrook AveSouth Portland, ME4.2 mi.(207) 773-4400
Days Inn461 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME4.3 mi.(207) 772-3450
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland/Maine Mall2 Cummings RdScarborough, ME4.6 mi.(207) 883-0300
Towne Place Suites By Marriott700 Roundwood DrScarborough, ME5.2 mi.(207) 883-6800
Residence Inn By Marriott Scarborough/Portland800 Roundwood DrPortland Scarborough, ME5.3 mi.(207) 883-0400
Extended Stay America2 Ashley DrScarborough, ME5.3 mi.(207) 883-0554
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Scarboro66 SPG StScarborough, ME6.6 mi.(207) 883-0300
Millbrook Motel321 US Rt 1Scarborough, ME6.6 mi.(207) 883-6004
Higgins Beach Inn34 Ocean AveScarborough, ME7.2 mi.(207) 883-6684
Friendship Motor Inn167 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME10.7 mi.(207) 934-4644
Biaritz Motel78 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME11.2 mi.(207) 934-2983
Crest Motel35 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME11.4 mi.(207) 934-4060
Copley & Lareine MotelsHarrisburg StOld Orchard BCH, ME11.9 mi.(207) 934-2011
Kebek Motel 353 W Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME11.9 mi.(207) 934-5253
Old Colonial Motel61 W Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME11.9 mi.(207) 934-9862
Tiffany's Senior Village7 SMT StOld Orchard BCH, ME11.9 mi.(207) 934-7600
Waves Oceanfront Resort87 West Grand AveOld Orchard Beach, ME12.1 mi.(207) 934-4949
Suburban Pines322 Roosevelt TRLWindham, ME12.5 mi.(207) 892-4834
The Nautilus Guest HouseOcean Park, ME12.8 mi.(207) 934-2021
Bed & Breakfast
Brunswick Bed & Breakfast165 Park RowBrunswick, ME22.9 mi.(207) 729-4914

Portland Weather & Climate

The Portland area,  along the southern seacoast, has very pleasant summers and falls, cold winters and changeable springs. Very few summer nights are too warm and humid for comfortable sleeping. Autumn has the greatest number of sunny days and the least cloudiness. Winters can often extend into normal springtime. Heavy seasonal snowfalls of over 100 inches occur about every 10 years. True blizzards are area in Maine. Although cold, temperatures in this part of Maine are generally not as frigid as further north in the state. Cold waves sometimes are accompanied by strong winds, but extremely cold temperatures are usually accompanied by light winds. Fog along the coast is sometimes a factor in the weather during the summer months of June, July and August.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 12°F 4.09 in. 34°F
February 34°F 15°F 3.14 in. 33°F
March 42°F 25°F 4.14 in. 37°F
April 52°F 34°F 4.26 in. 40°F
May 63°F 44°F 3.82 in. 49°F
June 72°F 52°F 3.28 in. 56°F
July 78°F 58°F 3.32 in. 61°F
August 77°F 57°F 3.05 in. 62°F
September 68°F 48°F 3.37 in. 59°F
October 57°F 37°F 4.40 in. 52°F
November 47°F 29°F 4.72 in. 47°F
December 36°F 18°F 4.24 in. 39°F

Portland Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located about 2 miles southwest of Portland, the Sanford Regional airport (SFM) located approximately 28 miles southwest of Portland in Sanford, Maine, the Pease International Tradeport airport (PSM) located roughly 49 miles southwest of Portland in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and finally the Concord Municipal airport (CON) located around 69 miles west of Portland in Concord, New Hampshire.

Portland Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME11.6 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME14.3 mi.
York's Wild KingdomYork BeachME38.1 mi.
Story LandGlenNH54.9 mi.
Pirate's Fun ParkSalisburyMA63.8 mi.
Canobie Lake ParkSalemNH76.6 mi.
Santa's VillageJeffersonNH79.4 mi.
Six Gun CityJeffersonNH79.4 mi.
JeepersMethuenMA79.8 mi.
Funworld Game CenterNashuaNH86.7 mi.
Water Parks
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME14.3 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH47.9 mi.
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME108.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Riverside Municipal Golf ClubPortlandME 
Sable Oaks Golf ClubSouth PortlandME4.0 mi.
Twin Falls Golf ClubWestbrookME4.5 mi.
Rivermeadow Golf ClubWestbrookME5.1 mi.
Pleasant Hill Country ClubScarboroughME5.5 mi.
Nonesuch River Golf ClubScarboroughME6.0 mi.
Willowdale Golf ClubScarboroughME6.0 mi.
Westerly Winds Golf CourseWestbrookME6.4 mi.
Gorham Country ClubGorhamME7.1 mi.
Val Halla Golf & Recreation CenterCumberland CenterME8.7 mi.
Great Chebeague Golf ClubChebeague IslandME10.0 mi.
Biddeford Saco Country ClubSacoME14.3 mi.
Spring Meadows Golf Course at Cole FarmsGrayME15.2 mi.
Freeport Country ClubFreeportME15.3 mi.
Frye Island Golf CourseFrye IslandME17.1 mi.
Dutch Elm Golf ClubArundelME22.1 mi.
Brunswick Golf ClubBrunswickME22.9 mi.
Cape Arundel Golf ClubKennebunkportME23.3 mi.
Webhannet Golf ClubKennebunkME24.7 mi.
Apple Valley Golf CourseLewistonME26.4 mi.
Naples Golf & Country ClubNaplesME26.8 mi.
Summit Golf CoursePolandME27.2 mi.
Prospect Hill Golf CourseAuburnME27.4 mi.
Fairlawn Golf ClubPolandME28.1 mi.
Bath Country ClubBathME28.2 mi.
Fox Ridge Golf ClubAuburnME29.4 mi.
Sanford Golf ClubSanfordME29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME34.9 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME55.2 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH56.2 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME57.3 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH57.5 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME63.0 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH64.5 mi.
Highlands MountainNorthfieldNH68.2 mi.
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME70.7 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH74.6 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH75.8 mi.
Ragged MountainDanburyNH80.3 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH83.2 mi.
Pats PeakHennikerNH84.9 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME89.6 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME91.8 mi.
Mount SunapeeMount SunapeeNH93.1 mi.
Nashoba ValleyWestfordMA95.4 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH97.8 mi.
Temple MountainPeterboroughNH100.9 mi.
State Parks
Crescent Beach State ParkME7.7 mi. 
Two Lights State ParkME8.0 mi. 
Scarborough Beach State ParkME8.8 mi. 
Ferry Beach State ParkME9.0 mi. 
Wolfes Neck Woods State ParkME13.4 mi. 
Bradbury Mountain State ParkME16.8 mi. 
Sebago Lake State ParkME23.5 mi. 
Popham Beach State ParkME25.5 mi. 
Range Ponds State ParkME26.4 mi. 
Reid State ParkME28.7 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME38.2 mi. 
Peacock Beach State ParkME39.5 mi. 
Maine Memory NetworkPortlandME(History)
Portland Museum of ArtPortlandME(Art)
Center For Maine History Museum Gallery at the Maine Historical SocietyPortlandME(History)
Portland Harbor MuseumSouth PortlandME2.1 mi.(History)
Seashore Trolley MuseumKennebunkportME23.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Counting House MuseumSouth BerwickME40.3 mi.(History)
Wright MuseumWolfeboroNH47.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
New England AquariumBostonMA98.8 mi.
Franklin Park ZooBostonMA98.8 mi.

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