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The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port. Historic red-brick buildings and cobblestone streets make up much of its bustling Old Port area, where seafood restaurants sit just a stone's throw away from the working wharves. Downtown boasts a wide array of stores, bars, world-class museums, and art galleries. Trendy locals tend to congregate in the Munjoy Hill neighborhood, home to some of the city's hippest cafes and bars. When the sun is shining, locals and visitors enjoy relaxing in the city's ample green spaces. Put Portland at the heart of your travel plans by using our United States family vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Portland

You'll discover a number of hotels in Portland's waterfront area--one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods--that offer proximity to a selection of restaurants and bars. If bed and breakfasts are more your style, look to the city's West End, where a number of establishments sit alongside fine 19th-century mansions. Those interested in staying in Munjoy Hill can find a number of vacation rentals there.
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