The most populous city in Maine, Portland is precisely the sleepy, coastal New England town you expect it to be, but it’s also home to a whole lot more than lobster rolls and lighthouses (though both of those are worthy reasons to make the trip).
Portland’s historic architecture, delicious restaurants, charming boutiques, and dedication to the arts make it a stellar place to visit for anyone who loves art and design. But with all of the city’s offerings, it can feel tough to hone in on a truly must-visit destination, so we’ve done it for you.
Designed in 1963, the Portland Japanese Garden consists of 12 acres of lush, manicured gardens, including eight different garden styles. The garden is nestled in the West Hills and overlooks the city, offering a peaceful refuge from city life, including meandering streams, charming walkways, and a stunning view of Mt. Hood. The garden also offers an authentic Japanese Tea House where you can sip a warm beverage and contemplate the beautiful sights before you. The garden is so beautiful, in fact, that the former Japanese ambassador to the US coined it "the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan."
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