Portland The Essential
Maine's largest city is located on Casco Bay, known for its picturesque Calendar Islands. The city is an important oil and fishing port and the financial, cultural and commercial center of northern New England's major metropolitan area. Portland is rimmed with pleasant parks and strolling paths; the Eastern and Western promenades, both designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, offer panoramic bay views. The waterfront, boasting a busy working port and cluster of fishing piers, is along Commercial Street.
The central downtown area is bounded by