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Cities in the Spotlight: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine, has many recreational activities.

Portland, Maine, has many recreational activities.

Those who are attracted by a smaller city with easy access to quiet areas and coastline may want to consider contacting a moving company to help them transition to Portland, Maine. The city has much to offer, despite its smaller size, and could be a great destination for those who love the outdoors.

Portland has a population of slightly more than 66,000, which makes it the largest city in Maine. It is only two hours from Boston, and approximately five hours from Fredricton and St. John, New Brunswick, which makes a weekend trip to Canada possible. While in Portland, you can take the Metro to get around, which is the Greater Portland Transit District's bus service.

The weather in Portland varies, but it is highlighted by cold winters and mild summers. The average winter low temperature drops to 13 degrees, while the summer high average is 79 degrees. With a steady amount of precipitation throughout the year, this makes for snowy winters, which could be great if you love the winter and activities that come with it.

There are four places of higher education in the city, which could be good if you are thinking about going to school in Maine, or plan for your kids to go to school in the area. Portland is the home of the University of New England, the University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art and the University of Maine School of Law. The city is also a two and one-half hour drive from Orono, the home of the University of Maine.

Many activities available around the city
The city doesn't have any sports teams from the four major professional leagues, but there are cost-effective options in the city. The Sea Dogs, a AA baseball team plays in the city, as well as the American Hockey League's Pirates and the NBA Development League's Red Claws.

If you prefer to venture outside for your recreational activities, the state has many ski areas, as well as boat cruises that will show you the Maine coastline. There are also whale watching trips available throughout much of the year, which could be a great activity to take the whole family. Additionally, beaches are quite popular in Maine with the locals, despite the cooler temperatures compared to the rest of the East Coast.