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Why Go To Portland, ME

The thought of Maine may conjure up images of sleepy coastal towns with craggy coastlines, boats blowing in the wind and loads of lobster, but Portland is so much more than that. With a population of about 66,700, Maine's largest city may not be considered big to some, but it has all the offerings of a vibrant metropolis. Yes, it features typical Maine topography and a thriving harbor that offers plenty of delectable seafood, but Portland has made a name for itself in more ways than one. The city's outstanding dedication to the arts, revered dining scene and incredible preservation and reinvention of its historic Old Port continually impress and surpass traveler expectations. Museums abound, kitchens with James Beard Award-winning chefs dot the downtown area and local boutiques share streets with national chains.

The city's distinctly Maine attributes are also a cut above the rest. Secluded beaches situated on island shorelines, centuries-old lighthouses perfectly positioned on coastal bluffs and mouthwatering lobster rolls are all within reach. Above all, the city is a port hub at heart, once serving as the largest in 17th-century New England. But no matter which way you decide to perceive Portland, its charm and ease will surely soothe the soul.

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Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Portland is from June to August. Although summer is peak tourist season, the season's cool temperatures – with highs seldom climbing above 80 degrees – are hard to beat. What's more, Maine experiences quite a bit of rainfall, and summer is the only time of the year that the amount of precipitation dips to its lowest numbers. Plus, Portland's social calendar hits an all-time high during the summer, offering more festivals and events than any other season in the year. If you're not one for crowds, spring and fall are also great times to visit, especially if you want to peep seasonal flowers and autumn foliage. But considering Portland's placement on the tip of the northeastern coast, lows during those seasons – between 25 and 50 degrees – resemble that of an average winter elsewhere.

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