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With upward of 200 lighthouses in New England, it’s hard to choose just 10 as the most worthy. But in compiling this New England lighthouse bucket list, we found each of the following to have something a little extra-special.
And for a better look at one popular New England lighthouse (that’s also available for rent!), check out episode 11 on season three of Weekends with Yankee, in which we visit Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.
Also known as Cape Neddick Light (for its location), this distinctive lighthouse just 100 yards from the mainland, on Nubble Island, is beloved by photographers for its classic New England look.
Learn more: Nubble Light | Maine’s Favorite Lighthouse
Marshall Point Lighthouse | Port Clyde, Maine
Iconic Wooden Runway
Looking straight down this wooden runway provides photographers and viewers with a focal perspective unlike that of any other lighthouse in New England.
Located on the easternmost point of the contiguous United States, this red-and-white striped lighthouse stands out to visitors for its eye-catching pattern, and to sailors as an active navigational aid through the Quoddy Narrows.
Due to a colony of breeding puffins that call Petit Manan Island home, Petit Manan Light is not open to the public; however, you can still view the tall stone lighthouse (and the puffins) from aboard a tour boat.
New London Ledge Light | Groton, Connecticut
Perched on a small, manmade island, New London Ledge Light is a three-story, 11-room brick and granite lighthouse constructed to resemble homes during the Colonial Revival. Furthermore, legend has it that the lighthouse is haunted by a grief-stricken ghost named Ernie, a lighthouse keeper in the early 1900s.
Learn more: The Most Haunted Hotels in New England