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Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

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Completed in 1791, Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Standing 31 m (101 ft) tall, made of rubble stone and bricks on a rocky shoreline, it is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. Stop by its museum where you'll see lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays, and check out the shop that has fine and quirky lighthouse-related souvenirs. The surrounding 90-acre park offers ocean views, picnic areas, and walking paths, as well as recreational areas for children and adults. Plan my trip to Cape Elizabeth with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • Absolutely breath taking views everywhere you look. This is a must-see while in Portland, Maine. From the cruise port, we called for an Uber out for about $17 one way, well-worth it! We were told... 
    Absolutely breath taking views everywhere you look. This is a must-see while in Portland, Maine. From the cruise port, we called for an Uber out for about $17 one way, well-worth it! We were told...  more »
  • What a beautiful place! Not only was the lighthouse beautiful, but the grounds, the Cliff walk, and the whole park was just gorgeous. The only complaint I had was there were no garbage cans around.....  more
    What a beautiful place! Not only was the lighthouse beautiful, but the grounds, the Cliff walk, and the whole park was just gorgeous. The only complaint I had was there were no garbage cans around.....  more »
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  • Be prepared for absolutely stunning views of the ocean as far as your eyes can see, waves crashing against the jagged rocks of the cliffs and a beautifully restored historic lighthouse perched high above it all. This is definitely one that you want to see if in the area. It was quite busy on the weekend and we could hardly get any photos without a ton of people walking in them. If you really want some great views of this lighthouse, make sure to take the cliff side trail. It’s well worth the short time it takes and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views.
  • The surrounding view is breathtaking! Climbing around is fun. We wore hiking shoes and felt quite comfortable climbing the rocks. I saw some people managed with sandals and sneakers but I totally recommend wearing hiking boots. There is a small gift shop here and an ice cream truck nearby. We parked at the 1st lot we saw but there are more parking nearer to the light house. Self paid parking.

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