Portland, Maine—yep, the east coast one—is where we call home. And while we feel lucky to call it that for many reasons, one particular reason is its abundant and spectacular sightseeing views.
Everywhere you turn, there are coastal vistas, rock-clad shores, and interesting architecture. So, if you’re here for a visit, we wanted to tell you our picks for our favorite sightseeing spots around our hometown.
Peaks Island Ferry
Certainly, Peaks Island—three miles offshore from Portland—features beautiful views of its own. But it’s the ferry ride over (and back) that has captured our hearts. The twenty-ish minute ride gives you a look back at Portland’s rolling skyline, views of the historic Fort Gorges (built in the 1800s), and a vantage point to see up the coast at the countless islands and peninsulas jutting out into the sea. Doesn’t hurt that you can enjoy a cold Allagash White on the ferry ride, if you’re so inclined to bring one along.
Portland Head Light
Not technically in Portland (it’s about a ten-minute drive away) is the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Fun fact: this is the most-photographed lighthouse in America. And once you visit, you’ll see why. Situated in the spacious Fort Williams park, you’ll find walking trails, a playground and kids’ garden, as well as, during the summer, our good friends from Bite Into Maine, selling fresh and delicious lobster rolls.
Perhaps the most scenic, the most accessible, the most-suggested, and the most worth-it spot on the list. The Eastern Promenade of Portland is an easy drive or walk from nearly anywhere in Portland, and features a sweeping view of Casco Bay. In summer, an assortment of food trucks park there, so you can sip, eat, and enjoy the view.
In fact, while you’re on your way to the Eastern Prom, it’s an easy move to stop for a minute at the Portland Observatory at the peak of Munjoy Hill. On a guided tour, each of which leaves every half hour during their open hours (except on Saturday, where you can explore at your leisure) you’ll be treated to a 360-degree panoramic look at the Greater Portland area.
Portland Schooner Co.
If you’re looking for a little more time on the water, the Portland Schooner Co. is an excellent options. With a variety of rides on their historic schooners (AKA big, big sailboats), your group, whether small or large, will be able to find a way to get out for a little wind-powered cruise.
Bug Light Park
View Portland, and our bay, from another angle at Bug Light Park. Just over the bridge in South Portland, this open park is perfect for picnics, flying kites, and just enjoying the view of boat traffic puttering in and out of Casco Bay. A short-ish walk away, you’ll also find Spring Point Ledge lighthouse as well as Willard Beach. All of them excellent for a little time in the sun.
And that’s that! Some of our favorite sightseeing spots around Portland, Maine. Of course, while you’re here, no sightseeing trip would be complete without a celebratory stop at our nearby tasting room for fresh beer and a lobster roll. For our hours, what’s on tap, and how to get to us, just hit that button below.