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Portland, Maine

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THE WORST...

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  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
People
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
13 Athletic/active
27 Attractive
34 Diverse
4 Driving ability/Good drivers
14 Friendly
14 Intelligent
13 Charming local accent
13 Offbeat
18 Proud of their city
30 Passionate sports fan
31 Stylish
21 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
7 Base for day trips
23 Cultural getaway
14 Family vacation
15 Gay-friendly
19 Girlfriend getaways
9 Pet-friendly vacation
10 Romantic escape
31 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
29 Cocktail lounges
23 Happy hour
23 Music scene
28 Singles scene
27 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
21 Classical music
21 Free attractions
20 Historical sites/monuments
21 Museums/galleries
23 Street performers
26 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
16 Antique stores
23 Flea markets
20 Home decor and design stores
12 Independent boutiques
32 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
31 Barbecue
16 Cafes
8 Coffee
30 Ethnic food
17 Fine-dining restaurants
23 Hamburgers
6 Ice cream
3 Microbrew beer
12 Pizza
29 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
11 Affordability
21 Architecture/Cool buildings
8 Cleanliness
7 Environmental friendliness
33 Range of hotel options
8 Peace and quiet
26 People-watching
19 Public parks and outdoor access
21 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
1 Safety
22 Weather
20 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
4 4th of July
31 Christmas
17 Fall
32 New Year's Eve
33 Spring Break
6 Summer
31 Valentine's Day
28 Winter
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
21 Athletic/active
31 Attractive
33 Diverse
4 Driving ability/Good drivers
19 Friendly
21 Intelligent
13 Charming local accent
9 Offbeat
16 Proud of their city
33 Passionate sports fan
31 Stylish
21 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
1 Base for day trips
23 Cultural getaway
10 Family vacation
6 Gay-friendly
16 Girlfriend getaways
6 Pet-friendly vacation
9 Romantic escape
28 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
32 Cocktail lounges
23 Happy hour
10 Music scene
29 Singles scene
24 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
18 Classical music
11 Free attractions
17 Historical sites/monuments
20 Museums/galleries
18 Street performers
21 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
8 Antique stores
21 Flea markets
26 Home decor and design stores
12 Independent boutiques
33 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
25 Barbecue
4 Cafes
4 Coffee
19 Ethnic food
3 Fine-dining restaurants
27 Hamburgers
1 Ice cream
1 Microbrew beer
10 Pizza
33 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
10 Affordability
16 Architecture/Cool buildings
7 Cleanliness
6 Environmental friendliness
34 Range of hotel options
4 Peace and quiet
20 People-watching
11 Public parks and outdoor access
21 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
1 Safety
19 Weather
19 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
2 4th of July
26 Christmas
7 Fall
31 New Year's Eve
35 Spring Break
1 Summer
26 Valentine's Day
27 Winter
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