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Portland Head Light

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Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Maine's oldest lighthouse - and one of the most picturesque and most...

Maine's oldest lighthouse - and one of the most picturesque and most frequently photographed in the U.S. - has been in operation since 1791. Although it is closed to the public, you can stop by the adjacent museum, enjoy the grounds which include a beach, lawns and picnic areas and view boats entering and leaving the harbor.

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The Portland Head Light is in a park with lots of places to hike, and spectacular views. The light house can be seen from miles around, but getting there from Portland can be a... read more

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Portland Head Light is in a park with lots of places to hike, and spectacular views. The light house can be seen from miles around, but getting there from Portland can be a bit tricky. The GPS will do it just fine. There are several other lighthouses you can see from this one. There are public toilets, and also... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed our stop at this lighthouse. We walked around the entire place and were able to get stunning photos from various points along the trail. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. We really enjoyed the gift shop, too, which had fantastic well-made gifts. While it wasn't cheap, I was... More 

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Addison, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great trip seeing the head light! We came during the winter and very beautiful! Nice scenery!

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I happened to be here in a week where it was 60 degrees for a couple days, followed by the first snow of the season the next few days, so I got to see the lighthouse in two different beautiful vistas. There is no bad angle to take a photo from - stunning no matter wherever you look at it... More 

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by the Portland Head Light at the end of December. It is gorgeous and I would say a must see if you are in the area. It's a very recognizable lighthouse and worth the visit. It was freezing out the day we went but it didn't stop us from walking around and taking some pictures. How could you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Portland Head Light is another one of Maine's coastal gemstones. There is a short walk from the parking lot, but use it to get some great pictures from many different angles, some of which will no doubt be postcard worthy.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Portland Head Light the day after a winter storm so everything was covered in snow. On the way to the lighthouse in Fort Williams, children were sledding down the hills in front of the old fort. While nothing at the lighthouse was open, the views were very picturesque and you could easily see Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse across Casco... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It snowed the night before so the park was covered in snow. Some parts were being used to sledding and we saw people snow showing and walking their dogs. The light house has limited parking right near it but more throughout the park. Sidewalks were always cleared.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of our 6 lighthouses in 2 hours before we headed North to Canada. Very pleasantly surprised. Historic setting. Wonderful and scenic place.Rugged coast. A bonus lighthouse just a little out in the water. By the folks walking and the dogs getting exercised a good place to spend some time. Nice mild day in late November.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has to be the single most photographed lighthouse in Maine, if not the entire U.S. It's easy to get to, easy to get around and easy to get your own great photos. This beautiful lighthouse and adjoining keeper's house are at the mouth of Portland Harbor, at Cape Elizabeth. Technically it's in South Portland, about a 15-20 minute drive... More 

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