Maine’s Portland has gained a ton of buzz over recent years for good reason: it’s a lobster lover’s paradise with plenty of tourist attractions and historic sights for U.S. history buffs and casual visitors alike.
The seaswept cobbled streets of downtown Portland hide nooks and crannies stuffed with charming shops, art museums, and delicious seafood — the classic New England experience.
Sumptuous seafood, relaxing beaches, untamed wilderness — whatever your travel requirements, the Portland area’s got something for you.
The heart of town is Old Port, the historic cobblestone-paved city center along the Portland Harbor waterfront. Make a reservation and grab some chowder at the restaurants on Commercial Street or Congress Street, and hit the boutique shops during downtime.
Across from Congress Square Park, PMOA houses a huge collection of American, European, and local contemporary works, including impressive artists like Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. You can find public parking lots closeby.
Portland is home to a ton of breweries. Some favorites to hit are the well-known Allagash Brewery, Sebago, Shipyard, and Rising Tide Brewing Company. Hop on a Bike and Brews tour and leave the car behind.
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While there’s plenty to see and eat in the center of town, there’s more popular attractions a quick drive away that make for perfect East Coast road trips. Hit one of the go-to day trip destinations around Portland, then fill up the tank and head off to some of the nearby towns along the coast for a New England-style relaxing family vacation in an unforgettable location.Book the perfect car
This archipelago off the coast of Portland is accessible by ferry year-round. Take a Casco Bay Lines ferry around or to any of the islands — Peaks Island and Great Diamond Island are popular — and soak in an abundance of American history, coastlines, shops, and museums.
Cape Elizabeth is an excellent day trip option about 9 miles south of Portland. It’s known for rolling hills, Crescent Beach State Park, and historic lighthouses like Two Lights Lighthouse and Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park, which was commissioned by George Washington back in the 1700s.
A quaint fishing village turned trendy up-and-comer, Bar Harbor is about a three-hour drive up US Route 1 on the Maine coast. Travel to wild Acadia National Park’s soaring granite cliffs and lush coastlines, and you’ll find all the seafood you expect from a north Atlantic town.
The car, the service, and the app were all great on this trip. I am a first time user and highly recommend this over standard car rental companies. And I highly recommend this particular renter as well.
Great option when rental companies were 4x the price. Great communication and reliable car!
Kristof's car was very clean and perfect for our trip at a fair price, but Kristof himself was a phenomenal help to me and my partner. He was very accommodating and even helped us work out a plan to get the car from him after we missed a connection flight and weren't able to get to Portland until late at night. He was friendly and helpful at every step of the way and I can't recommend renting from him enough!
Awesome people and service. The car was nice with great features. Pick up and drop was much more painless than regular car rental companies in my experience. This is the way forward for car rental for me.
1st time using Turo. It went perfectly. Good vehicle, easy pickup, easy drop off, very responsive car owner via the messages in the app. The big rental companies had no cars so I found Turo, but this was actually much better.
This rental process was flawless the host Mr Noor was great and the vehicle was super nice and clean. We took our daughter to Portland Maine to start her first year of college so we will definitely be using Mr Noor again. Thank you again for a memorable experience.
Douglas was quick to respond, accommodating, and overall a pleasant person to talk to. The car was well maintained, and an unbeatable price. Perfect for cruising up and down the Maine coast. When we come back we will look for one of Douglas’ vehicles to rent again!
Jamie's RAV4 was clean and perfect for our family trip in Maine. He dropped the car off at the Portland train station for us to pick up. Drop off was just as easy. Definitely recommended!
Kristof’s car was perfect for our trip from start to finish! He made it so easy for us! I highly recommend using Kristof if you’re ever in the Portland area!
Kristoff was great to work with-we had to coordinate the pick up and he was very accommodating-the car was great and at a great price-if I’m in Maine again I will definitely use Kristoff again.
AMAZING customer service!! The car was great and treated us very well during our trip in Maine. Highly recommend Leonard and this vehicle if you need a great vehicle with fabulous customer service and speedy response! Then this is your rental to rent.
It was great to rent Luis' Nissan Pathfinder. He was very professional and car was in good shape and very clean. We got the car few hours later than booked time as the previous renters returned the car late to Luis without his permission. Luis was very professional and kept us in the loop and kept us informed. We were supposed to pickup the car at the airport, but due to the delay we went to the hotel instead. Later Luis dropped off the car at the hotel. It was nice of him. If we come back to Portland again, we would rent car from Luis again.
Excellent and dependable vehicle. Great for a trip from Portland to Bar Harbor / Acadia NP!
Harjit was great! The car we originally booked had issues that were out of Harjit’s control. He graciously gave us another car at the same price so there was no disruption in our trip. The car was very well maintained and we very much enjoyed utilizing it on our vacation. Harjit’s responsiveness to questions or concerns is immediate. We would definitely book with him again.
Mike and Robyn were great and the Jeep was as advertised. They made a difficult trip easier. I would definitely rent from them again.
We loved our car! Perfect for a family vacation to Maine! The owner was very good at communicating for pick up and drop off. Will definitely recommend!
If you are looking for an outstanding car for Portland or driving throughout the region, look no further. Smooth driving, excellent communication, and no need to pay for gas. 10/10
Wonderful Jeep! Very nice and kind people to deal with. I will rent from them again..
Renting from Berlin City was awesome! So much smoother and easier than using a rental car agency! Southwest Airlines changed our flight times both out and back and this caused us zero issues. Berlin City was extremely accommodating and always replied to my messages promptly. Highly recommend. A++++++++++
Great pick-up/drop-off! Jeep ran well and fit our family of five comfortably. Communication with Leonard and Eric was smooth, and Eric really went above and beyond to answer any questions!
The car was great, and so was communication with Ryan! He even offered to drop off the car to us at a different location. Highly recommend!
Zac was great. Very responsive to messages throughout our trip. Clearly communicated where car was when we landed and where to park when we departed. His Lexus was clean and roomy, which was exactly what we needed to drive with three young children. Definitely recommend!
Turo is super easy to use and Jeffery was great to deal with. Even delivered us to the airport after dropping off the car and picking us up upon arrival. Couldn’t recommend Jeffery or Turo more!
Fast and amicable communication, easy pick up and drop-off. Jeffrey is a very nice guy, highly recommend renting from him!
Robert was thoughtful and communicative ensuring that my time in Maine went smoothly. The car is well maintained, clean, and more than comfortable. I’m looking forward to a return trip. Highly recommend!
Highly recommended. David’s Range Rover Evoque was perfect for our trip up the coast of Maine. The vehicle was extremely clean, and David’s communication was excellent.
Couldn't have had a better experience! Jeffrey picked us up and got us on our way within ten minutes. The car was exactly as advertised and fit our family of 5 well.
Harjit was very easy to communicate with and very accommodating. Would definitely rent from him again!
Great communication and ver accommodating! Will rent again from Daniel when I make it back to Maine.
De was wonderful to rent from. Communicative, flexible and very helpful! Car was in pristine condition with all the bells and whistles.
The car was perfect. Very clean and rode great. Great host. Easy to deal with and easy to get in touch with. Highly recommend.
i booked andrei's honda in 2020 but covid put my plans on hold until this year. andrei couldn't have been more helpful, patient and responsive. the pickup point and drop-off using a key lock box worked perfectly. the service andrei gave made my trip all that much better and so kind to always be there to answer any questions. the car was clean and sanitised with lots of little touches in these covid times. no, i cannot thank andrei enough, what breath of fresh air!!
We had the 🤩 to drive Calvin during our Maine vacation. Both Natasha and her husband were kind and the communication was great. Highly recommended 😊 Turo host.
Jaime was very responsive to a couple of concerns early in the trip. The vehicle worked great for our needs!
Josh was very helpful and accommodating, the car was clean, tidy and served us well for a trip from Portland to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park! Great vehicle, wonderful friendly service!
This was a seamless experience. The vehicle was clean and the owner very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I would book with Tristan again!
This jeep was immaculate and great to ride around Maine in. Kevin was a great host and responsive when needed. I have found my new go-to vehicle when in town.
Can't express how great Jeffrey is. Please do not hesitate working with him to make your travels are easy and filled with fun.
Car was in great condition. Eric met us at the airport baggage claim area and was super great at explaining everything. He took wonderful care of us. Couldn’t have enjoyed Maine without Turo. Thank you
Kellie was easy to work with and very accommodating. The vehicle was in great condition. Everything worked out!
Ali is incredibly friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I can't recommend him enough! The car was very clean, and he provided a vent mount which fit even my ridiculously large phone and made navigating much easier. This was my first time booking with Turo, and Ali made everything easy! This vehicle may be a little tight for my fellow long-legged individuals (I have a 34" inseam, for reference, and I definitely fit, but did have the seat all the way back) but if this car doesn't work for you, would absolutely recommend booking another vehicle with Ali. Five stars well-deserved!
William was very easy and professional to work with. The Kia was perfect for our weekend needs.
From the recommendation of hotel staff to use Turo to the end of our trip at drop off with Chris, this was a total win! Clean, well running vehicle with lots of helpful recommendations for things to see and do from Chris made our day smooth and enjoyable. The price of the rental and availability erased all the challenges we’d had with car rental services during what they report as a hiccup from the pandemic.
Perfect vehicle to tour Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and other points of internet. Great communication with Leonard and team. Really appreciate the flexibility
This is just one of the many stretches of Route 1 that’ll have your eyes glued to the window. Though it’s over three hours north from Portland along the Canadian border, it sweeps past the Chiputneticook chain of lakes, with scenic views of Mount Katahdin and Peekaboo Mountain.
The 50 miles from Portland to Fryeburg includes Pequawket Trail Maine Scenic Byway, which follows the Saco River and Mountain Division Rail past working farms, swimming holes, and the Hemlock Covered Bridge in Fryeburg, and it’s the perfect New England leaf-peeping route in the fall.
The northern part of Maine is sparsely populated, people know Baxter State Park as a worthy location to spend some time. With excellent options for camping, hiking, and rafting, the drive also offers sweeping views of Mount Katahdin — then drivers can head further into the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.