The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Portland, Maine

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Did you know that Maine welcomed over 36 million visitors in 2017?

With so many people visiting and this number increasing every year, it leaves people that haven’t visited yet wondering what they’re missing out on.

They are known for their famous seafood but, is not the only reason you should visit Maine. Keep reading for the top 5 reasons you should visit Portland, Maine.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Visit Portland, Maine

If you enjoy New England charm and air that smells and feels like salt and sea water then Portland, Maine should be on your bucket list of places to visit this summer.

1. History

Walking through Portland will feel like you’re walking through time. The city has had a vulture since colonial times and has four historic districts.

Most of the streets have a Victorian feel giving you a feeling of stepping back in time. You will even get a feel for the birthplace of the famous author Stephen King.

2. Food

We mentioned the seafood earlier and who doesn’t think of lobster when they hear the word, Maine? The seafood and the food are delicious. You can enjoy local seafood and ethnic cuisine in any of their restaurants and many of them come with a view!

This website gives you an idea of the delicious seafood you will find. If you love seafood there’s nothing quite like eating fresh seafood. It’s a huge difference from eating seafood after it’s been frozen.

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3. Diversity

If you love visiting an area with plenty of diversity then Portland, Maine is the place to go. It’s one of New England’s most culturally accepting cities.

It has a thriving LGBTQ community where everyone is accepted.

4. Island Getaway

If you want to experience the island feel you can take a short 15-minute ferry ride to Peaks Island or a ferry ride to Chebeague Island. Peaks Island is a small island that you can walk, bike or kayak around in one day because it’s only five miles total from start to finish.

If you want to visit with your fur baby they are more than welcome to join you on the ferry. You can visit the islands for the day or for an overnight adventure. Keep in mind accommodations tend to fill up fast so make sure to make your reservations ahead of time.

5. Shopping

Do you love the nautical decor and theme? You will love finding fun and unique pieces in the boutiques along Commercial Street. Commercial Street has a ton of unique shops to shop for yourself or if you need the perfect souvenir for friends and family.

You can also go shopping on Congress Street to get the full “Mainer” shopping experience.

Safe Travels!

There you have it the top 5 reasons to visit Portland, Maine!

Have you ever been to Portland and have a must visit spot? Please share in the comments below.

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