Maine July 21, 2022
Explore Maine’s Best Lighthouses And Lobster Rolls On This Multi-Day Road Trip
Standing as a sentinel of light to all who sail by, lighthouses are undeniably alluring. Plus, they guide and protect all along the coastline. Here in Maine, we have a history with the Atlantic unlike any other. In order to appreciate both the history and beauty of these beacons, we invite you to take a multi-day road trip to explore Maine’s lighthouses. And, anticipating that you may get hungry along the way, we’ve also charted out some of the very best lobster rolls in the state. Lighthouses and lobster rolls — does it get any better than that?
This epic, multi-day road trip, which can be broken up into part one and part two, leads you through some of Maine’s most stunning scenery. As you travel, you’ll find there’s nothing quite like indulging in history and freshly-caught lobster. This road trip in Maine is lengthy, but don’t worry, because we’ve charted out the closest Best Western Hotels in Maine for you to recharge before gearing up for the next leg of your adventure.
1. Two Lights State Park
Two Lights State Park, 7 Tower Dr, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
This is a fascinating place to begin. Two Lights State Park is named for the twin lighthouses that were built near the park in 1828. These lighthouses were also the first twin lighthouses to be made in Maine. Therefore, it seems very fitting that this is the place where we find ourselves for the first stop on our journey. Even though the East and Western lighthouses are not open to the public, you can get a peek from the park. Also, take advantage of the coastal trails along the park. Keep an eye out for old World War II defense structures among the trails. Visitors should note that there's a small fee for entering the park.
2. The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, 225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
If you want to keep those lighthouse views going but your belly is rumbling for some good old Maine cuisine, then the Lobster Shack at Two Lights is the place to be. Located right next to Two Lights State Park, you will find delicious lobster rolls right on the coast. Take advantage of the outdoor picnic tables to fill your cravings for coastal views and lobster all at once. What could be better?
3. The Portland Headlight
Portland Head Light, 12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
Quite possibly the most famous of Maine lighthouses, the Portland Headlight is not to be missed. Located right in Cape Elizabeth, this beacon towers high on the coastline. Unlike the first lighthouse on our trip, you can walk right up to the Portland Headlight. The keeper's house has now been converted into a museum. Fort Williams Park is filled with rolling hills, trails, old forts, and even a beach to enjoy. Don’t forget to pay the parking meters for however many hours you plan to stay. You can spend as long or as little at this historic site as you wish.
4. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, 2 Fort Rd, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
Once you visit Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, you'll quickly understand why it's so special. Unlike a lot of coastal lighthouses sitting on land, this one was actually built in the water. After exploring the surrounding fort and well-preserved surrounding area, you can walk right out onto the breakwater. A long stretch of granite blocks serves as a passageway to one of the best views in the Portland area. Once at the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, you can walk around the structure and have unobstructed views of the bay. Let's just say you won't want to forget your camera!
5. Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
Bug Light, S Portland Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is much better known for its nickname: the Bug Light. This lighthouse is one of the smallest lighthouses on our trip and many would even call it cute. However, what it lacks in size doesn't deter from its massive importance and the reason why it's a stop on our list. You can walk the breakwater out to the Bug Light and explore the small park there including a memorial ship structure.
6. The Highroller Lobster Co.
After a lot of lighthouses and parks to explore, you're going to want to satisfy your taste buds with some delicious lobster rolls once again. Look no further than the Highroller Lobster Co. This quirky local restaurant serves up some unique and tasty foods right in the heart of Portland. And if you're looking for a creative take on the classic lobster roll, order up one of their popcorn lobster grilled cheeses. You won't regret it!
When the day comes to an end you will want to find your way to the nearest Best Western. You could either stay at Best Western Merry Manor Inn in Portland or continue north up the road and stay at the Best Western Freeport Inn.
7. Burnt Island Lighthouse
Burnt Island Light, Southport, ME 04576, USA
As you start day two of your lighthouse and lobster roll tour, you will want to schedule a little bit more time for the Burnt Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is accessible only by boat ride about a mile from shore. Once on the island, you have all five acres to explore as well as this historic lighthouse. Interpreters in period clothing will help guide you through the history of this site.
8. Marshall Point Lighthouse
Marshall Point Lighthouse, Marshall Point Rd, Port Clyde, ME 04855, USA
Marshall Point is hiding in plain view. In fact, most people have probably seen this lighthouse and may not have even known it. If you want to step onto a piece of cinematic history as well as local Maine history then the Marshall Point Lighthouse will not disappoint. A scene in the movie Forest Gump ends at this lighthouse as Forest finishes his iconic cross-country run. So be sure to snap a quick picture before heading on to our next destination.
9. Owl Head Lighthouse
Owl Head Lighthouse sits on top of a steep coastal cliff. This historic lighthouse has many stories to tell, many of which can be found in the Interpretive Center inside the Keeper's House. Tales of shipwrecks, ghosts, and a clever dog await.
Claws, 743 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA
Ready for a pick-me-up? Head on over to Claws for more Maine delicacies and wonderful lobster rolls. Boasting some of the best-tasting lobster in Maine, these rolls are positively legendary.
11. Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, 44.104031, -69.077487, Rockland, ME 04841, USA
Breakwaters are fun to walk on, and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is no exception. This 4,346-foot granite bridge is a long walk but upon completion, you will be greeted with some picturesque views of the surrounding area. It's a great place to stop and reflect on your adventures thus far.
After a long day, the next thing you will want to do is rest your head on a nice comfortable pillow.
Best Western Acadia Park Inn
offers a convenient place to rest up for the day ahead.
12. Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse
Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, 433 Harbor Rd, Swans Island, ME 04685, USA
Heading down Mount Desert Island, you will need to hop on a ferry to Swan Island before making your way to Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse. This is another very unique lighthouse sitting on the beautiful Swan Island. The island is bigger than you would expect and offers a lot of fun options for exploring and sightseeing.
13. Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Bass Harbor Lighthouse Trail, Tremont, ME 04653, USA
Once you disembark onto the mainland, you will want to head on over to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This is a classic and famous lighthouse in the Mount Desert Acadia area.
14. The Travelin’ Lobster
The Travelin Lobster, LLC, 1569 ME-102, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
The Travelin’ Lobster is an excellent choice when it comes to Bar Harbor lobster rolls. This is a local fisherman-owned and operated business. It is safe to say they know a thing or two about fantastic lobster rolls.
15. West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, West Quoddy Head Light, 973 S Lubec Rd, Lubec, ME 04652, USA
Our next stop is West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. It's quite a way to get up there, but once you see that candy-striped painted tower you will agree it's all worth it. Sitting in the easternmost part of the United States, this lighthouse makes quite a statement.
16. The Lobstah Buoy
The Lobstah Buoy, 268 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME 04401, USA
The Lobstah Buoy is where you will want to go in Bangor to get another great lobster roll. They have big fat juicy rolls that do not skimp on the meat. Don’t let the little food truck scare you away because -- there's big flavor on the inside.
We're heading south again to finish up the loop. Two great places to stay before the final leg of the trip are the Best Western White House Inn or the Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel.
17. Ladies Delight Lighthouse
Ladies Delight Lighthouse- Lake Cobbosseecontee, Winthrop, ME 04364, USA
Did you know that there is lighthouse located in inland Maine? The Ladies Delight Light is Maine’s only active inland waters lighthouse. Sitting about a mile offshore on an island in Lake Cobbosseecontee, this landmark was constructed in 1908 and is only accessible via boat or kayak. However, you can spot the lighthouse from various points along the lakeshore.
18. Cameron's Lobster House
Cameron's Lobster House, 18 Bath Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA
It doesn't get much more classic than our next destination. Cameron’s Lobster House may be old-school, but that's part of the charm. This restaurant will serve you a wicked good lobster roll made with freshly-caught lobster right here in Maine. It has been a local favorite for over a decade, and once you try it, you will see why. Plus, it's the perfect place to kick back and reflect on your multi-day road trip in Maine.
The last two places to stay right along the route are Best Western Plus Augusta Civic Center Inn, or the Best Western Plus Brunswick Bath.
There you have it. Tons of lighthouses and lobster rolls on one epic road trip in Maine. Which attractions on this route are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below and remember you can always check out the nearest Best Western property in Maine for a convenient place to stay the night. Address: Two Lights State Park, 7 Tower Dr, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA Address: The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, 225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA Address: Burnt Island Light, Southport, ME 04576, USA Address: Marshall Point Lighthouse, Marshall Point Rd, Port Clyde, ME 04855, USA Address: Owls Head, ME, USA Address: Claws, 743 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA Address: Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, 44.104031, -69.077487, Rockland, ME 04841, USA Address: Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, 433 Harbor Rd, Swans Island, ME 04685, USA Address: Bass Harbor Lighthouse Trail, Tremont, ME 04653, USA Address: Portland Head Light, 12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA Address: Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, 2 Fort Rd, South Portland, ME 04106, USA Address: Bug Light, S Portland Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland, ME 04106, USA Address: The Travelin Lobster, LLC, 1569 ME-102, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA Address: West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, West Quoddy Head Light, 973 S Lubec Rd, Lubec, ME 04652, USA Address: Ladies Delight Lighthouse- Lake Cobbosseecontee, Winthrop, ME 04364, USA Address: The Lobstah Buoy, 268 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME 04401, USA Address: Cameron's Lobster House, 18 Bath Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA