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Maine is a favorite destination for many US travelers, and is especially known for quaint, historic light houses that dot the coastal regions.

Shown above is the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in South Lubec, patriotically designed to suggest an American flag.

Shown below is the Portland Head Light Station, located at 1000 Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. Some call this the most photographed lighthouse in America. 

Contracted by George Washington, Portland Head Station was originally built of rubblestone and brick in 1791. Back then, they burned whale oil to light the way for incoming sailors. 

The lighthouse became automated in 1989, and nowadays the Portland Head Light is a 200,000 candlepower, second-order electric light, visible from a distance of sixteen miles. The light stands 80 feet above the ground and 101 feet above the water.

This lighthouse features a seasonal museum and gift shop, and is surrounded by Fort Williams Park.

The pretty little town of Cape Elizabeth offers quaint and charming accommodations to suit many budgets. Other nearby attractions include Crescent Beach and Two Lights State Park.

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fast facts about maine

  1. Maine has more than five thousand miles of coastline and more than two thousand islands.
  2. Maine's largest cities are Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn, Biddeford, Sanford, Brunswick, Augusta and Scarborough.
  3. The population of Maine is about 1.3 million.
  4. More blueberries are grown in Maine than in any other state.
  5. Nearly 90 percent of the nation's lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.
  6. Quoddy Head Light is the eastern most point in the United States.
  7. In land area, Maine is as big as the other five New England States combined.
  8. Toothpicks are primarily produced in Maine.
  9. The state of Maine does NOT have more lighthouses than any other state.  That distinction belongs to Michigan.  

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