Why lighthouses are so fascinating? Is it because it feels romantic or because of the countless historic stories it narrates? Or, is it the heroic stories of the light house keepers that interests you about lighthouses? Well, for whatever the reason it is, if you wish to explore the interesting facts about lighthouses, you should visit the “The Lighthouse State – Maine”.
With some of the best lighthouses you could ever visit, Maine has nearly 60 lighthouses and light stations, that explains the perception of romance, mystery and heroism. Included in this guide is about many of the top distinctive lighthouses in Maine; Though only few of them are accessible from the mainland, others can be closely explored through the available lighthouses boat tours. Make sure you have your best cameras with all set and extra batteries because, believe me, you are going to witness some brilliantly picturesque landscapes and seascapes on your visit to Maine.
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Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light – It is one of the most famous light house in the country. Standing on the Nubble Island about 91 meters off Cape Neddick Point, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse attracts many photographers and visitors due to its astonishing beauty.
Cape Elizabeth Light – Visible for 27 nautical miles, the active east tower is the most powerful light in Maine with four million candle power flashing white light.
Portland Head Light – Portland is home to the oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light, gloating a combination of historic significance and beauty which makes it possibly the most visited, photographed and painted lighthouse in the United States. The lighthouse is located inside the Fort Williams State park which is open from sunrise to sunset daily. There is a museum and a gift shop in the lighthouse.
Seguin Island Light – This light is Maine’s second lighthouse, built in 1795. Located at the mouth of Kennebec River, Seguin Island Light is the highest above water on the Maine Coast. At 186 feet above sea level, the light is visible from a distance of 40 miles in a clear weather.
Monhegan Island Light – This lighthouse is the second highest above water on the Maine Coast at 178 feet and the first granite lighthouse built in 1824. Monhegan Island, located 10 miles off the coast is a well-known landmark for seafarers.
Pemaquid Point Light – Offering the most striking and majestic scenery, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, is one of the most beautiful lighthouse in the Maine Coast. The lighthouse, visible from a 14 miles distance on a clear day, was the first in Maine to be automated in 1934.
Owls Head Light – Located at the entrance of Rockland Harbor, Owls Head Light is added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Its located on the grounds of Owls Head State Park and is easily accessible to public.
Dice Head Light – Located at the entrance to the Penobscot River, overlooking the beautiful Castine Harbor. Dice Head Lighthouse offers day and overnight lighthouse tours, where you can travel to the Isle au Haut via ferry and stay in the original Innkeeper’s house.
Bass Harbor Head Light – Located at the southwestern point of Mt. Desert Island, the lighthouse is now among the most accessible and the most photographed in Maine. The Bar Harbor offers lighthouse boat tours, which is the best way to six lighthouses altogether including the Egg Rock Light, Bass Harbor Light, Great Duck Island Light, Bakers Island Light, Mount Desert Rock Light, Winter Harbor (Mark Island) Light.
West Quoddy Head Light – The red and white striped lighthouse overlooks the Quoddy Channel, a strait between Canada and the United States. Quoddy Lighthouse is now a part of Quoddy Head State Park and are open to public with trails along the shore.
Well, even after visiting these lights, I am still not able to figure out, why the lighthouses so fascinates me!!!! If I get a chance, I would definitely run to Maine again to explore those unexplored lighthouse.
Okay, now over to you – what do you feel about lighthouses??