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If you’re in Portland, Maine, for just one day, make it a priority to go on a walking tour of Old Port, the historic waterfront district that’s home to many working fishermen’s piers. There, you can spend the day soaking up the shopping, the culture and the fresh lobster. Round out the day with a walk toward the city’s East End. There, you can stroll along the Eastern Promenade to the Portland Observatory — the only known remaining maritime signal tower in the United States — and take in the sweeping views of the harbor at sunset.
If you’d rather see Portland, Maine, from the water, go straight to the Maine State Pier. There, you can reserve a spot on Casco Bay Lines’ Mailboat Run for a day cruise that will take you to five of the most scenic Casco Bay Islands. Pack your camera and don’t be surprised to see the quintessential signs of Maine: lighthouses, the rocky coast and, if you’re lucky, a lobster or two.