Congress Street
Congress Street
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NHjo
Saco, ME8,558 contributions
Jan 2023
Congress Street is such a different animal than Commercial Street, which is much more touristy, although Old Port itself is great. We love the historic architecture and national landmarks, the great restaurants, the shops, the art galleries and museums, the bars, the music venues, the monuments and squares, etc. etc. It's never boring.
Written 13 January 2023
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pky_pook
hpt537 contributions
Mar 2022
Driving around any city, one typically opts to drop by some of the MUST SEE spots. This is one of them. As you twist and turn about on some of the side city streets, they are cobblestone - so be forewarned. A lot of places can be found off of this busy thoroughfare
Written 17 March 2022
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,284 contributions
Sept 2021
We enjoyed our stroll down Congress Street. A bit less commercial than Commerce Street. Nicer (less touristy) shops with better pieces. We purchased some Maine sea salt at a reasonable price. Really enjoyed our stroll.

Note: parking garages are still over priced, but better than down by old town.
Written 3 October 2021
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Dakota
West Caldwell, NJ592 contributions
Sept 2020
This is the street to walk and where most of the good food is located. There are streets off of Congress where the traffic is not allowed and you can walk and shop or eat.
Written 11 September 2020
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Oct 2019
Congress Street should be the main street in town with nice buildings and shops located on both sides of the street. There are many cafes and restaurants around apart from souvenir shops available for visitors. Pretty safe to walk around.
Written 30 October 2019
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,712 contributions
Sept 2019
Tip: Don't plan to walk the length of it; we changed our mind and did two separate ends. Park on a side street near the Eastern end and walk and then go back towards the Longfellow museum for another walk.
Written 27 September 2019
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MaineGuy777
Bangor, ME1,822 contributions
Jun 2019
A great place to walk near the harbor in downtown Portland, with lots of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, art galleries and historic buildings. And there usually are metered parking spots.
Written 7 September 2019
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Alex B
Providence, RI728 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Congress St is one of Portland’s main thoroughfares, but it can take on a whole different vibe in each neighborhood. Farthest out on the peninsula, in the East End/Munjoy Hill neighborhood, Congress St has a very local, almost hippie feel – it’s one of my favorite parts of Portland. Between State St and Franklin St, you get the downtown core; Portland’s tallest buildings line the street, and events like the First Friday Art Walk take place here. Heading into the West End, Congress St hosts a lot of grand historic houses and eventually takes on a more suburban feel, especially after you get to the other side of 295. If you like exploring, check out the whole street, but my favorite stretches are in the East End and the Arts District.
Written 27 August 2019
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DaisyDiva07
St. Petersburg, FL260 contributions
Jul 2019
Many old buildings, restored and re-purposed, are connected by the ballasts of old ships--cobbles. This is not a street that accommodates heels, ladies. Where comfortable shoes, and explore, explore, explore.
Written 12 August 2019
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aebcpama
Lenox, MA191 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We parked on Congress St, walked from one end to the other. Not much to see or do, more going on downtown, Fore St or Commercial.
Written 11 June 2019
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