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  Casco Bay Ferries..Commercial St. Old Port
by ladyanne

Portland is the largest city in Maine, on the southern end of the state. It may be a city but don't let that keep you away.

Probably my most favorite small city in the United States....it is built on a slight hill that goes down to the waterfront with a shipping and fishing industry that keeps it alive and well. The city is full of life with great architecture, history, cultural events, wonderful sculptures through the streets and squares, old hotels and two great museums.

Not only that but the waterfront area called the "Old Port" has been re-vitalized with renovations of the original old stone and brick buildings, many smart shops and cafes and restaurants. Fun just to walk along both sides of Commercial St. with it's many cobble stone streets that shoot off of it, with narrow charming places to explore.

The tourist and fishing industry abide side by side in this wonderful quaint envirement. Seaguls, ocean air, smell of fish, hot sun, cool breeze, boats and ships......so much to do and see.

You must also go to the Casco Bay Ferry Lines on Commerial St. and take a ferry ride all around the beautiful islands of Casco Bay.
You can also catch "Whale Watching" trips also.
Prepare to spend a couple of days here, it will give you a mixture of both worlds.

Directions: Route 95, take Route 295, exit Portland Waterfront district or Franklin St. exit.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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