Historical Landmark with a View
138 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
+ 1 207 774 5561
Fax: +1 207 774 2509
Start out your trip to Portland with a stop at the Portland Observatory on the east side of town. The Observatory was constructed in 1807 and is the sole remaining maritime signal tower in the United States. It was once used to signal merchants in town that their ships had arrived. By using different colored flags, merchants would know to head down to the docks and prepare their ships for port. Today it is considered a National Historic Landmark and offers one of the best views of Portland to the general public, as well as guided tours where visitors will also learn the history of Portland. Once you've climbed 103 stairs to reach the top, you'll want to stay awhile and soak in the views of the bay, downtown Portland, and on clear days, the mountains all the way in New Hampshire.
Nearest Train or Bus:
#1 Congress St./Munjoy Hill bus.
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bus
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: Parking can be found on the street, but get there fast as it's on a first come basis.
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