Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more information about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Portland Maine has been revitalized. The waterfront area has been transformed into shops and restaurants, making it an interesting place to explore, especially on foot. Include Portland Maine on your New England itinerary for at least the following reasons:
1. One of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses sits on a promontory near the downtown.
2. Narrow, cobblestone alleyways are common near the waterfront of this sea-faring community.
3. Although we don’t think of the Civil War affecting New England, over 5,000 Portland soldiers died in the conflict (one-sixth of the city’s population). A statue to Our Lady of Victories commemorates their sacrifice.