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New England Charm

It's no wonder they call Maine "Vacationland". Portland, Maine is not only a great place to get fresh lobster, but a fun destination where you can take a harbor cruise, see beautiful lighthouses in a picturesque setting, and feast on fresh lobster at the lowest prices.

The Portland Head Lighthouse is regarded by many to have one of the most scenic settings in all of the U.S. Located just a few miles south of downtown, this historic lighthouse is scrupulously maintained, and overlooks the rocky Atlantic coast. This lighthouse probably gets more visitors than any other along the Maine coast. If you are photographing, be mindful that the park closes promptly at sunset. The sunset photo above was taken at closing time.

If you only have one day in Portland, you may want to first have lunch at the docks area. The lobster at Three Sons Lobster and Fish is very tasty and a bargain. You can eat it on the picnic tables nearby. At the Portland docks, you can catch an afternoon cruise in Casco Bay, or just walk the piers off Commercial Street and check-out the lobster boats. Much of the scenic downtown streets are laden with brick pavers and lined with historic New England architecture. There are a wide variety of shops including, art galleries, unique gift stores and home furnishings.

If you have time, you can walk out to the Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland. But definitely leave time for the best - The Portland Head Lighthouse, which is about a 15-minute easy drive from the harbor. After sunset, finish the day by enjoying fine food and beverages at your choice of the many Portland harbor restaurants and pubs.

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