Top Lighthouses in Maine
I have a thing for lighthouses. When my husband and I were first together, we didn't have a lot of money. We would try to find inexpensive activities to do when traveling, and visiting lighthouses was one thing we consistently visited (and still do) when we travel.
When driving the coast of Maine, it is inevitable that you will come across a lighthouse or two that span the eastern coastline. This state is my favorite in the United States to go lighthouse hunting due to the rugged coast and variety of structures used. If driving around trying to find that perfect lobster roll, I suggest adding a few of these lighthouses to your itinerary.
This lighthouse is located on its own little island. You cannot get up close to it, but it's very much worth checking out. My favorite time of year to view this lighthouse is at Christmas time. There are lights strewn across the little red shed, and the snow that inevitably shows up makes for a dramatic yet cozy view. There is also a shack to stop at for a decent lobster roll right across the street from the gift shop that gets packed during peak tourist season.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Portland Head is the most well-known lighthouse in the state, and for good reason. The rocky bluff the lighthouse sits on is picture perfect. You will also find Fort Williams (a WWI base) near the lighthouse. The best part is the park is free to enter. You can also hike the trail along the coast for some nice views. There is a gift shop, and a playground found in the park as well. I suggest packing a picnic and make a day of it.
Hidden among the jagged coastline of Maine, is this little lighthouse. You cannot go inside the lighthouse as it is still a working one. Many come to take the short walk on the rocks to photograph this lighthouse as it is in close proximity to Acadia National Park trails. It can get busy during the day in the summer, but hardly saw anyone during the early morning hours.
St. George, Maine
If you have ever seen the movie Forest Gump, this lighthouse makes an appearance (where the main character turns around during his run). I love this lighthouse because of the dramatically long walkway that leads up to it. There is a brewery you pass right before you get to the lighthouse that has a decent pint. At the lighthouse, you get a nice view of Hupper Island. There is also a small but free museum and gift shop to check out.
Owls Head Lighthouse
Owls Head, Maine
Located in Owls Head Light State Park, this lighthouse is not too far from Marshall Point Light. This little guy sit on top of a hill overlooking the Mussel Ridge Channel, and is deemed one of the most haunted lighthouses in the US. There is ample parking and takes only 5-10 minutes to walk up to the top from the parking lot.
You can find this lighthouse at the eastern most point of the United States, how cool is that? This stop can easily be made into a full day trip by taking advantage of the scenic hiking trails nearby. I suggest going for sunrise and packing a lunch as there are picnic tables available on site. Locals also sell their artwork here in the little visitor's center.
You can find this lighthouse on a hill of rocky coastline that stretches out toward the water. The waves crashing against the rocks make for a dramatic view. For a small fee you can view a Fisherman’s Museum located in the Keeper’s House, and walk up the tower of the lighthouse. There is also an art gallery where you can buy local art pieces on the premises. I found it to be a good place for bird viewing as well.