These quick facts will help get you started with planning your vacation to Maine.
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With a population of approximately 230,000, the Greater Portland area is home to almost one-quarter of Maine's total population. The population of the city of Portland is 64,358.
The Greater Portland area is located on Maine's beautiful coast, but the rugged interior isn't far away. Portland sits on a peninsula that juts out into Casco Bay, yet the mountains of Western Maine are just a forty-five minute drive west. So whether your preference is hiking or skiing in the foothills of the White Mountains, sunbathing on Maine's warm, sandy beaches, or sailing the lovely Atlantic, you're never far away in Portland.
The sea tempers Maine's climate creating mild winters and cool summer breezes. Temperatures range from comfortable 60's - 80's (with low humidity) during the summer months to 20's - 40's during the winter.
The old adage, "If you don't like the weather in Maine, wait a minute, it will change" applies when choosing a wardrobe for your trip. During the summer, lightweight clothes are advisable, but don't forget your favorite sweater for evenings and cool ocean breezes. In autumn, a heavy sweater is usually sufficient. For winter months, a parka and boots will keep you warm and dry. Dress is usually casual throughout the city.
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., except holidays, $1 per hour at most meters. Prices vary from $5-$15 per day in parking lots and garages. For Portland winter parking information, call (207) 879-0300.
Maine has a very tough alcohol policy. Persons must be twenty-one to buy or consume liquor. Identification is often requested. Hours of legal service are 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. OUI laws are strictly enforced, with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 being the legal limit.