Maine is well known for its scenic coastline and lighthouses. You could plan a whole trip around these
historically significant and visually arresting Maine beacons. Many scenic tours have lighthouse lovers
choices and embark from downtown Portland to nearby sites. Portland is lucky to
have six lighthouses within 20 minutes of the city. If you are exploring on
your own… here's a driving tour that will take you to all six lighthouses
including Portland Head Light, which one of the most photogenic lighthouses in
From State Street in Portland, take the Casco Bay Bridge and
follow Route 77 South toward Cape Elizabeth. Approximately one mile south of Cape
Elizabeth's town center, turn left at the sign for Two Lights State Park and follow to the twin lighthouses,
built in 1828. Both are on private property, so you can't get close, but you
can get a good view of them from the park. Retrace your route back to Route 77
in Cape Elizabeth, turn right on Route 77, and follow to the town center, then
turn right onto Shore Road.
Follow Shore Road approximately three miles, turn right at
the sign for Fort Williams, and follow the road to the end to Portland Head Light - one of the most
photographed lighthouses in the country. Commissioned by George Washington,
Maine's oldest lighthouse is still active, guiding ships into Portland Harbor. Before
leaving Portland Head Light, observe Ram Island Light at the entrance to
Portland Harbor off Portland Head.
Retrace your route back out to Shore Road and turn right,
then veer right again onto Preble Street. Follow Preble Street through Willard
Square approximately 1/2 mile, turn right onto Fort Road, and follow to the
campus of the Southern Maine Community College.
Drive through the campus to the Portland Harbor Museum, and
walk along the granite wall to Spring
Point Ledge Light. You can walk out on the granite breakwater to get close
to the lighthouse or admire it from the beach. On most summer weekends, you can
venture inside for a tour of this real working lighthouse. There is an
Exit the campus, and turn right onto Breakwater Drive. Turn
right again at a stop sign onto Madison Street. Continue past the industrial
section of town, keeping the breakwater on your right, to Bug Light at the end of the road. You can park your car and walk
out on the short breakwater to the lighthouse or take a walk on the paved path
that offers views of Portland Harbor and the city skyline.
To return to Portland, reverse to Breakwater Drive and turn
right onto Broadway, which leads back into town.