West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Maine

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The easternmost point on the U.S. mainland sits tucked at the bottom of a hill on a peninsula jutting out from Lubec, Maine. As you descend down to West Quoddy Head Light, you are struck by the juxtaposition of the lighthouse, with its candy-striped red and white paint, and the towering cliffs of Grand Manan Island across the channel in New Brunswick.

The originally lighthouse was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 at a cost of $5,000. The current lighthouse was built in 1858 and is still active today, though automated. It encompasses a light tower, former keeper’s quarters, service building and an oil house.

In addition to the lighthouse and history museum, the Quoddy Head State Park has great hiking trails that offer fantastic views of Quoddy Channel and Grand Manan Island. It’s also a very good location for whale watching in the summer and migrating birds in the spring and fall.

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