If I were to go to Portland Maine for a solo trip for 3 nights would I enjoy it if I’m into more of city activities vs outdoors stuff? I’d be down to check out a beach but is that easy to access if I stay central in the city? Thank you.

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It’s a foodie/beer lover city. Great bars too. If you treat it like that, it’ll be great. If you expect a huge city, you’ll be let down.

Portland Head Light is pretty beautiful. If you have a car there’s gorgeous shoreline nearby.

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When I took a trip to Portland, I stayed at a friends house so can’t help there, but highly recommend Peaks Island! took a ferry over there, rented a bike for an hour which was a good amount of time to make a loop around it. Very scenic! Got ice cream at Front Door, ordered Maine Black Bear (vanilla w black raspberry swirl and chocolate raspberry cups). Just give yourself 20-25 minutes bc the line can be long (it’s right by the ferry gate so everyone waits there at the end) but worth it!

Also recommend the light house and the tide pools from a nature perspective. I spent 1 day doing the shops downtown and that was plenty for me. If you can drive, LLBean flagship store is fun to visit too

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Yes! If you stay downtown everything is walkable. Great restaurants and beer. You can easily Uber out to the breweries if you want to do that or take a tour bus to see the lighthouse/coast.

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Beaches in that part of the country are probably very different than what you’re picturing. Very rocky, not the soft sand you see in the south, water is very cold. Yes ppl go to them bc that’s the best we can do but it’s not a beach destination per se.
Portland is a very cute town but honestly you could see pretty much all of it in one day. I personally could spend several days sitting along the coast watching boats and reading a book, but if that’s not your thing you’ll likely get bored.

Woo thanks everyone! I am trying to decide between Portland Maine or San Diego downtown area. I know… very different places but pricing except for the flight seems to be similar. Drop a comment if you got groundbreaking insights to help me decide 😂

Apples and oranges. Both have stunning coastlines nearby. San Diego much bigger. I’d say Portland is absolutely the better food city, barring Mexican, and has more history/quaintness whereas San Diego is a modern city.

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Decided on SD if anyone was curious 😆 Thanks for all the tips!

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