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Portland

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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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Shopping and Nightlife in the Pearl District

Restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and popular parks make this former industrial area near downtown one of Portland’s major entertainment centers.

Shopping and Nightlife in the Pearl District

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An Amazing Array of Street Food

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.

An Amazing Array of Street Food

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A Magnificent Mansion With a Stunning View

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.

A Magnificent Mansion With a Stunning View

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Samantha's Pick It’s One of the Nation’s Great Urban Parks

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.

It’s One of the Nation’s Great Urban Parks

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Powell’s City of Books Is a Reader’s Dream

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.

Powell’s City of Books Is a Reader’s Dream

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Samantha's Pick The 811 East Burnside Building

Remember when things were handmade and unique? Hundreds of artists showcase goods that make everyday items for your home much more special.

The 811 East Burnside Building

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Samantha's Pick A Little Bird Told Me

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.

A Little Bird Told Me

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