Tuesday, October 6, 2020

6 must visit Lighthouses in Maine

Explorer Lens

Maine is known to be one of the most beautiful states of East Coast and has a charm that mesmerizes a person of any age. From the hiker’s paradise Mount Katahdin, to the highest point (Cadillac Mountain) along the North Atlantic which is the first place to view Sunrise in USA for half of the year. From Iconic 10 feet Mooses to the most photographed lighthouse in USA, Maine is heaven for travelers, explorers, Wildlife photographers, nature lovers and adventure seekers.

I had always wondered from my childhood, how would it feel to be standing at the top of a lighthouse and starring at the endless sea. What if I could see a dolphin doing summersault or whale jumping out of the water. How would a sunrise or sunset look when the sun is slowly rising from or sinking into the depths of the water.

Yes, lighthouses have always fantasied me from my childhood and Maine was a great place to fulfil my childhood dreams. So, in this post we will talk about the six most famous lighthouses of Maine.

Below is the map that you should be following to explore these lighthouses in a day and finally reach Acadia National Park which you can plan for the next day. 

1. Nubble Lighthouse

Start your Maine’s lighthouses exploration from Nubble Lighthouse. Try to reach this lighthouse early morning so that you can get the sunrise view.

Located in Cape Neddick, York, Maine, this lighthouse was build on a tiny island and put into use starting 1879. Though the lighthouse and island are not open to public, you can sit on the nearby rocks and relax and enjoy the soothing view of the ocean.
The parking is free, but it is compact, so it is preferable to get early in the day here. Spend around 1-1:30 hours here.

2. Portland Head Lighthouse

Next in line is Portland Head Lighthouse. Situated in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, this lighthouse is believed to be the most photographed lighthouse of USA. Completed in 1971, it is also the oldest lighthouse in Maine. You can spend the entire day here as there are hiking paths, tennis courts and the park is really expansive to just stroll around.
But, I would prefer to get down to the rocks on both sides of the Lighthouse and click the pics from there to capture the lighthouse from both the angles. Spend 2-3 hours here.

3. Spring point ledge lighthouse

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is just 10 minutes from Portland Head Lighthouse. It is a sparkplug lighthouse situated in South Portland. There is a 950-foot breakwater built to get to the lighthouse which is so fun to walk. From the breakwater you can get stunning views of the Portland Harbor, Casco Bay Islands and the stunning boats which passes from just behind the lighthouse. Also, you can explore the remains of Fort Preble which lies in the same campus as the lighthouse.
Spend around 1 hour here.

4. Pemaquid point lighthouse

This all white lighthouse is located in Bristol Maine and situated on Pemaquid Point, a piece of land known for its dramatic, striped rock formations shaped by the sea. You can also visit the Fisherman’s museum, Art Gallery and explore the surrounding park. 

I think the views here are a bit similar to that of Portland Head Lighthouse, so you can either skip it or just check the sunset view if time permits.

5. Marshall Point Lighthouse

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If you are short of time, I would suggest to rather skip Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and visit Marshall Point Lighthouse because of its unique structure and surrounding views.
Marshall Point Lighthouse is situated at the entrance of Port Clyde Harbor in Port Clyde, Maine. It was established in 1832 and is currently active.

The wooden bridge connecting keeper’s house to lighthouse is really stunning and picturesque. Sunset is a great time to visit this lighthouse.   

6. Bass harbor head lighthouse

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Last on the list is Bass harbor head lighthouse. It is one of the iconic lighthouses of Maine and also a famous landmark of Acadia National Park. Situated in the municipality of Tremont, this lighthouse also marks the entrance to Bass Harbor. You can also visit it during your trip to Acadia National Park.

From parking, you get to the oceanside observation area that provides jaw-dropping views of the ocean and the lighthouse.

So those according to me are the most iconic Lighthouses in the "Lighthouse state" of East Coast, USA. Do visit them on your next trip to Maine.

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