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Photograph the Iconic Lighthouses



12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME04107, USA


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The Maine coast has more than its fair share of New England’s lighthouses, and when you visit the state’s largest city, capturing your own images of storied Portland Head Light should be on your must-do list. George Washington was president when a beacon was first constructed on this dramatic ledge. There’s a museum in the former keeper’s quarters, built in 1891 that you’ll want to visit: It’s open daily from Memorial Day through October and on a more limited schedule starting in late April and through the end of December. Allow plenty of time to explore historic ruins in adjacent Fort Williams Park.

There are five more lighthouses within an easy drive of Portland, so make a day of photographing these inspiring guardians of the Maine coast.