Welcome to Maine, where lighthouses dot the landscape from county to county. If you are heading out this way, then you are going to need at least a basic knowledge of where the best lighthouses in the area relocated. There are some you can view from some distance, while others allow you the flexibility of actually walking in and taking it all in from the top of the world. Where you go is entirely up to you, but you need to be aware of any costs related to your excursion. Not to worry though, because it’s always worth the few dollars you might need to pay.
Here is a look-see of what to expect:
Monhegan Island Lighthouse
Monhegan Island Lighthouse stands out from among its peers in a major way. It was built in the year 1824 and is just ten miles off Port Clyde in the coastal areas of the state. The lighthouse was initially 38 feet tall and stands on a hill 140 foot tall, and the latter is its most distinguishing feature. In 1850, the structure was demolished and replaced with a new one, which is made of granite and is 30 feet high. Today, a museum exists within the lighthouse, making it a major attraction for visitors in and out of state.
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
This Lighthouse is a one-of-a-kind structure in that it’s caisson-styled. Caisson-style lighthouses have their superstructures sitting atop a caisson, which is a retaining bit that does not allow for the passage of water. The lighthouse at Spring Point Ledge is the only one of its kind open to visitors across the United States. It was opened to the public 18 years year ago and as of today retains a high level of curiosity among outsiders and locals.
Cape Neddick Lighthouse
If you are heading out to York Beach, then you will only be a little over a hundred feet off this lighthouse. You won’t be able to get too close to this one because of the nature of the outcrop around it, but you can certainly grab a few pictures with it as the backdrop. Over Christmas, the tiny lighthouse is even more beautiful as the local government decorates the place with the finest set of lights.
Portland Head Light House
This one came off the pages of a painter’s canvas and is one of the most famous in the world. The lighthouse was made at the beginning of the year 1791, also making it one of the oldest in Maine. It stands 101 feet above the sea.