Maine and lighthouses go together like lobster and butter—you can’t have one without the other. Some of the maritime navigational towers are iconic landmarks, while others are steeped in intriguing nautical history.
West Quoddy Head Light | Lubec
Although the lighthouse’s red and white candy stripes will have visitors thinking they’ve reached the North Pole, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is actually the easternmost point in the United States. Adventure seekers willing to make the trip will enjoy the Quoddy Head State Park’s numerous hiking trails, and early risers will be rewarded with being the first in the country to see sunrise.
Portland Head Light | Cape Elizabeth
With stunning views of Casco Bay and 90 acres of parks and trails, it’s no surprise that Portland Head Light, located in Fort Williams Park, sees up to one million visitors each year. In addition to viewing the lighthouse, visitors can walk along cliffside trails, enjoy the beach, and explore historic forts. Don’t forget to check out Goddard Mansion.
Seguin Island Light Station | Seguin Island
Taking the ferry two-and-a-half miles from Popham Beach to Seguin Island will be worth the trip for ghost hunters and fans of the paranormal, as Seguin Light is considered to be one of the most haunted lighthouses in Maine.
Whaleback Light | Kittery
This unpainted granite lighthouse welcomes visitors to Maine from its vantage point at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, just over the border from New Hampshire. While the ledge becomes completely submerged at high tide, the lighthouse is visible from the Kittery shores.
Ladies Delight Light | Winthrop
Located on Cobbosseecontee Lake, Ladies Delight is the only active inland lighthouse in the state. The 25-foot stone lighthouse is owned and maintained by a local yacht club and was built with the assistance of two oxen.
Marshall Point Light Station | Port Clyde
Lighthouse lovers and movie buffs alike will be delighted by Marshall Point and its wooden access bridge, which were featured in the movie Forrest Gump. The museum and gift shop located next to the lighthouse are open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.