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Your Kind of Town: Portland, Maine
Are you an urban adventurer or a small-town dreamer? Do you crave culture or live for the beach? Find your spot in these 31 action-packed locales.
Text by Dan Grushkin

Adventure Cities:

Pittsburgh, PA  | 
Las Vegas, NV  |  Portland, ME  |  Portland, OR  

 Spokane, WA  |  Washington, D.C 

Portland, Maine:

Population: 64,240

Median Home Price: $243,900

Hot Job: Small-business owner

The Scene: Urban Mainers—think progressive yet agreeably rugged—are calm amid their small city's bustle. Their secret? Constant stress relief: escaping to the beaches of Popham, paddling the coves of Casco Bay, and biking Bradbury Mountain.

OPTIONS: Zip by the Headlight and a collection of lighthouses on a cycling jaunt around Cape Elizabeth, or hike Evan's Notch for spectacular views of Mount Washington. Just over the border in New Hampshire your winter adventure awaits—ice climbing North Conway.

OUTFITTER: Bone up on your kayaking skills with L.L. Bean Discovery School's (888 552 3261) three day kayaking course on Casco Bay.

GOOD EATS: Even though Stephen King was born here, Portland has nothing gothic about it, unless you consider the coffee clutch culture spooky. Try Flatbread Co's (+1 207 772 8777) organic flour pizza with whole milk mozzarella cooked in a wood-fire oven. A slice of each sale is donated to local charities on Tuesdays.

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