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Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

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Completed in 1791, Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Standing 31 m (101 ft) tall, made of rubble stone and bricks on a rocky shoreline, it is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. Stop by its museum where you'll see lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays, and check out the shop that has fine and quirky lighthouse-related souvenirs. The surrounding 90-acre park offers ocean views, picnic areas, and walking paths, as well as recreational areas for children and adults. Plan my trip to Cape Elizabeth with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The Portland Head Light Lighthouse is a must see if you are in the Portland area. One of the most beautiful lighthouses that you should see. 
    The Portland Head Light Lighthouse is a must see if you are in the Portland area. One of the most beautiful lighthouses that you should see.  more »
  • This was our third visit and we always enjoy it. This is the most famous lighthouse in the Portland area, and a great picture stop. There is a large parking lot a short distance from the lighthouse... 
    This was our third visit and we always enjoy it. This is the most famous lighthouse in the Portland area, and a great picture stop. There is a large parking lot a short distance from the lighthouse...  more »
  • This was our first stop in Maine. The day was beautiful, and the setting is incredible. I believe this is the most photographed lighthouse (in Maine at least). Once the hills in the park leading to....  more
    This was our first stop in Maine. The day was beautiful, and the setting is incredible. I believe this is the most photographed lighthouse (in Maine at least). Once the hills in the park leading to....  more »
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  • Be prepared for absolutely stunning views of the ocean as far as your eyes can see, waves crashing against the jagged rocks of the cliffs and a beautifully restored historic lighthouse perched high above it all. This is definitely one that you want to see if in the area. It was quite busy on the weekend and we could hardly get any photos without a ton of people walking in them. If you really want some great views of this lighthouse, make sure to take the cliff side trail. It’s well worth the short time it takes and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views.
  • The surrounding view is breathtaking! Climbing around is fun. We wore hiking shoes and felt quite comfortable climbing the rocks. I saw some people managed with sandals and sneakers but I totally recommend wearing hiking boots. There is a small gift shop here and an ice cream truck nearby. We parked at the 1st lot we saw but there are more parking nearer to the light house. Self paid parking.
  • You must visit this exquisite place. You will pay for parking but it's nominal, I think we paid $4 for a couple hours. Get the Passport Parking app and you can pay right from there. You are able to explore the grounds and get right up to the Lighthouse. The views are unbelievable especially in the winter. Although the last time we saw it was in July from a boat so I could be wrong! I believe the actual Lighthouse was closed when we went so we just explored the trails around it. There is a Cliff Walk which runs along the cliff's edge that you can take. Be careful in the snow; it's very slippery! There is also a sledding hill with perfect unobstructed views of the ocean. Additionally there are many flat snowy areas to build snowmen or have a snowball fight. In the summer I can imagine picnics or just strolling around to enjoy the views. The neighborhood it's located in has beautiful homes if you're like me and enjoy looking at dream homes.
  • A very popular historic site during most seasons. Parking can be challenging during tourist season and it can be crowded at peak times. Despite that, it is well worth a visit. The grounds and the house are nice and the views all around are spectacular. The adjacent park has trails for walking and it's a great place to picnic as well. Plenty of vendors to grab a bite from nearby. A good one not to miss if possible.
  • Not much to see up close if you go when the lighthouse is closed, but it is beautiful to see from the rock beach nearby. The park itself is great. There’s a nice hiking trail, lots of wildlife, it’s clean, and the views are nice. There’s also an unnamed beach/picnic area a little ways down with super clean sand and water. We went on a beautiful Monday evening and there were barely any people, which is great, because we love a secluded beach.

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