Visit Portland, Maine.

When you deplane at Portland International Jetport, you’re only two miles outside of downtown Portland, ME, and the start of your adventure in the Portland of the East. You may find that your wanderlust guides you toward the area’s beloved lighthouses first. Start with the area’s oldest and most famous, the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. Construction of this lighthouse began in 1787 under the directive of President George Washington—back when Maine was still part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Now, the former lighthouse keepers’ residence is a maritime museum and gift shop, a can’t-miss attraction for enthusiasts and those who’d like to take home some lighthouse memorabilia. Consider a daytrip along Maine’s coast to explore the state’s other five lighthouses—a real vacation spotlight.

If you prefer land over sea, take advantage of over 700 acres of the city’s public parkland. Seventy miles of trails connect parks inside and outside the city and traverse urban and woodland areas. Explore on foot and don’t forget a pair of binoculars. While these parts aren’t quite why locals call Portland the Forest City, it certainly lends credence to the moniker’s endurance.

When you work up an appetite, take advantage of the coastal locale and indulge in some fresh, famous Maine lobster. The lobster in Maine is hand-caught, sustainable, and part of a generations-long commitment to both the work and the food. Whether you want to take in the bright-red sight of a whole lobster at the table or opt for a lobster roll, you can’t go wrong. To branch out beyond seafood, explore downtown Portland’s numerous restaurants, diners, and food trucks. Vegetarians will be glad to know that Portland has a thriving veggie food scene, so there’s plenty to tempt their veg-only taste buds.

Get lost in the history and charm of Forest City—start by booking a flight to Portland International Jetport with Southwest®. Southwest Airlines flies to Portland, Maine, often, which makes it easy to plan your next New England visit. Of course, having a memorable trip is about more than finding a cheap flight to your final destination. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight to Portland International Jetport.

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Things to do in Portland, Maine.

Picture-perfect parks
  • Eastern Promenade
  • Lincoln Park
  • Western Promenade
Enriching outings
  • Old Port historical district
  • Portland Symphony Orchestra
  • Wadsworth Longfellow House
Can’t-miss museums
  • Children’s Museum of Maine
  • Maine Historical Society & Museum
  • Portland Museum of Art