This red-and-white lighthouse, which has been likened to a barbershop pole or a candy cane, marks the easternmost point of the United States and helps guide boats into the Lubec Channel. (Interestingly, it’s also the nearest geographical point in the U.S. to Africa.) The light, operated by the Coast Guard, isn’t open to the public, but visitors can walk the grounds near the light and along headlands at an adjacent state park. A visitor center inside the lightkeeper’s house overlooks rocky shoals, pounding waves, and some of the most powerful tides on the planet. Watch for fishing boats straining against the currents and seals playing in the waves or sunning on offshore rocks. The park also includes 480 acres of coastline and bogs, with several trails winding through the forest and atop rocky cliffs; some of the most dramatic views can be found just a short walk down the path at the far end of the parking lot.
- Brian Kevin