Nubble Light, York, Maine

The small peninsula known as Cape Neddick shoots off from York’s beach areas, circles through beach views, and winds up here, at Sohier Park—a great place to look out onto Nubble Light (pictured above) probably one of the ten most photographed lighthouses in the world. The light is especially lovely because it’s set on a tiny island. The park is free; gaze at the lighthouse and snap pictures from the safety of a parking lot across the swift little inlet that separates it from the mainland. There are coin-operated looking-glasses to get a better view, and a small gift shop and information kiosk in the park. In high summer season, expect a parking lot jam-packed with RVs and motorcycles—watching the crowd is half the fun. There’s also a lobster hut adjacent to the park, and an outstanding ice cream stand about 100 yards uphill from it. If you’re coming to take photos, remember that the lighthouse is trimmed in additional white lighting twice a year—for a week during July’s York Days festival and again from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.