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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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First; I love lighthouses! Second; There is a reason this is the most photographed lighthouse in United States, It is amazingly beautiful and photogenic. There is plenty to see as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Goshen, New York
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Goshen, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First; I love lighthouses! Second; There is a reason this is the most photographed lighthouse in United States, It is amazingly beautiful and photogenic. There is plenty to see as you stroll around the grounds of "The Fort" so plan on spending some time here, it's beautiful. This is around my 20th visit and I still just shake my head... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We drove out to Fort Williams and the lighthouse while on a recent shopping trip to Portland. There had been a snow storm the day before, so the grounds were beautiful in the bright white against the blue sky. The roads were well plowed and available for walkers and drivers. The walkways were a little on the icy side, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes I live close to this attraction and have been a constant visitor to "the Fort" Williams as it is known by locals where the first light house commissioned by General George Washington is located. In fact I have lived less than a mile from the fort since 1963. It is a place I go for relaxation, to walk the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine for a reason. It's so picturesque. Just a short drive from downtown Portland. Take some time to walk along the coast paths. You get some really amazing views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the drive from the Portland Jetport to Cape Elizabeth to enjoy a cold and windy visit to this historic lighthouse. The waves were spectacular and certainly an indicator of the Nor'easter that hit that night. I try to visit lighthouses wherever I go and was glad to have a short visit to the Portland Headlight before sunset and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, you have seen all the pictures but worth seeing in person. They have a museum that is only a few dollars to see. The place does close down at 4pm in September. There is also a nice gift shop. Be sure to check out the entire Fort Williams Park. We enjoyed our time there. Can get some great views... More 

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 16 January 2017

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 8 January 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

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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