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Welcome to The City of Roses
Maine's largest city is considered small by national standards—its population is just 64,000—but its character, spirit, and appeal make it feel much larger. In fact, it is a cultural and economic center for a metropolitan area of 230,000 residents—almost one-quarter of Maine's entire population. Over the past several years it's landed on a number of lists of the best places to live in and travel to. Portland and its environs are well worth at least a day or two of exploration.A city of many names throughout its history, including Casco and Falmouth, Portland has survived many dramatic transformations. Sheltered by the nearby Casco Bay Islands and blessed with a deep port, Portland was a significant settlement right from its start in the early 17th century. Settlers thrived on fishing and lumbering, repeatedly building up the area while the British, French, and Native Americans continually sacked it. Many considered the region a somewhat dangerous frontier, but its potential for prosperity was so apparent that settlers came anyway to tap its rich natural resources.In 1632, Portland's first home was built on the Portland Peninsula in the area now known as Munjoy Hill. The British burned the city in 1775, when residents refused to surrender arms, but it was rebuilt and became a major trading center. Much of Portland was destroyed again in the Great Fire on July 4, 1866, when a flicked ash or perhaps a celebratory firecracker started a fire in a boatyard that grew into conflagration; 1,500 buildings burned to the ground.Today, there are excellent microbrew and restaurant scenes—many visitors come here just for the food—and a great art museum. The waterfront is a lively place to walk around well into the evening. Explore
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Things You Can't Miss
Restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and popular parks make this former industrial area near downtown one of Portland’s major entertainment centers.
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Portland’s more than 600 food carts ensure you’re never far from street eats. Try the famed selection at SW Alder Street and 10th Avenue downtown.
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Located high in Portland’s West Hills area, the 1914 Pittock Mansion has 23 rooms of fine art and furnishings and an unparalleled vista of the city.
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Five halls of interactive exhibits entertain and instruct kids and adults. Take in a show at the planetarium or tour a retired U.S. Navy submarine.
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The 5,100 acres of Washington Park encompass the Oregon Zoo, a fabulous rose garden, an arboretum, a lovely Japanese garden and 12 miles of trails.
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Covering an entire city block, this literary wonderland has more than 1.5 million books, making it the world’s largest private used and new bookstore.
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Remember when things were handmade and unique? Hundreds of artists showcase goods that make everyday items for your home much more special.
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The Little Bird Bistro offers excellent “early and late” specials on food, wine and cocktails from 3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
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