Flights to Portland
Portland is an attractive and smallish coastal city with a vibrant cultural atmosphere that includes museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Situated in Maine, Portland is the state’s largest city and is in the south of Maine, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Boston.
The airport in Portland is the Portland International Jetport (airport code: PWM) and it is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the downtown area. There are taxis and shuttle buses for easy transit. Coming from Johannesburg, all flights to Portland will require 2 connections. Nearly every airline will come through New York as the second connection. South African Airways goes first to Dakar and then New York, and Virgin Atlantic travels through London before the second connection in New York. One exception is Lufthansa that stops in Frankfurt, Philadelphia before continuing on its flight to Portland.
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The Tourist Attractions in Portland:
Though a relatively small city Portland is actually the largest city in Maine and attracts tourists for its history and variety of attractions.
Portland Head Light Lighthouse and Museum
Stated to be one of the most scenic and most photographed lighthouses in the United States the Portland Head Light certainly sits in a picturesque location on Cape Elizabeth, just south east of the city. This historic lighthouse was built at the request of George Washington and completed in 1791, and is now visited by nearly one million visitors per year.
The Old Port district of Portland is another popular tourist draw. Quaint cobbled streets, attractive 19th century buildings, and old fishing piers give this area its unique character. Many lovely boutiques as well as restaurants and bars fill the streets, making this a very popular nightlife spot for the city as well as being popular by day too.
Portland offers a variety of museums on differing themes. The Portland Museum of Art is one of the more popular museums with over 17,000 pieces of art, sculptures and objects that date from the 18th century onwards.
For visitors interested in history there’s the Maine Historical Society and Museum, and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, or for those visitors with children the Children’s Museum of Maine would be a good choice.
Portland also has its share of historic mansions and houses, such as the daunting looking Victoria Mansion (also known as the Morse-Libby Museum). Located in downtown Portland, this mansion ha a brownstone exterior and has been a museum since 1941.
Wadsworth Longfellow House offers a quite different architectural style. This is actually the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and was the childhood home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are certainly the most popular time to visit Portland, when the weather is warm and humid. Visitors to Portland will enjoy temperatures in the mid 20’s C (high 70’s F) in July and August, whilst spring and autumn can be mild but changeable. Winters can be cold and are usually snowy, and rainfall is possible throughout the rest of the year too.