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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

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Address: Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME
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One of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.

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Must See Maine Excursion

Constructed in 1858, this fresnel lens lighthouse is still maintained by the Coast Guard and is closed to visitors however, I believe it to be one of the most photographed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to see on MDI! Beautiful views of the ocean and light house. Be ready to walk up and down stairs if you want to look at the lighthouse from the ocean view.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Constructed in 1858, this fresnel lens lighthouse is still maintained by the Coast Guard and is closed to visitors however, I believe it to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. Parking is free and if you take the trail to the left and away from the lighthouse you can view it from sea level. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

To get the picture of lighthouse you usually see, you need to be agile! First you will go down a long flight of stairs....then you will need to climb out on some rocks. You can still get a picture from the bottom of the stairs, it just will not be as good. But this is so worth doing....if you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This is such an iconic location for photos, which is great for a photographer like me! We arrived just before sunset, on a cloudy day, but colors were amazing!

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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

One of the nicest lighthouses of Maine, but only at low tide because best pictures are taken from the rocks you have to climb down. A path leads there at the far end of the parking lot. We took a miniature home as a souvenir.

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Woodinville, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

How does one rate a lighthouse? All lighthouses are interesting, have a history of their own and could tell amazing stories. Unfortunately, this lighthouse is "manned", not open to the public. Regardless, it is picturesque and worth visiting. For best photo ops, go at low tide.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

We got more than bargained for on this experience. Amazing sunset views and a circling pair of Bald Eagles enhanced the appeal. Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse was not the most spectacular, but the ocean views and nearby trails added to the interest. You can hike down on the rocks just adjacent to the house and there are trails that will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Most common pictures of this lighthouse are taken from the rocks on the shoreline. You have to climb down across the rocks to get the best view.

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Collinsville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is the only lighthouse on the island and there is a trail that leads down to the rocks below to get a good view of it. There are wooden stairs that go down to the rocky shore and then you have to rock hop or climb on the rocks to get the best angle for a good picture. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This was a first trip to Acadia National Park. Since Light house is one of the popular place we decided to visit it. Parking lot is very small and there is a Chief of Coast guard still resides in the area, so it is an active light house. besides that you have to walk down the stiff stairs and then... More 

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