Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Headlight is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. It is also widely believed that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote many lines of his poems while sitting at his favorite spot near the base of its tower. However, those who only visit the lighthouse are missing out on the rich history of the area and some of the best scenery in central Maine. Located less than 4 miles from the City of Portland, Cape Elizabeth is home to the 94-acre Fort Williams Park, where Portland Head Light is located. In addition to the lighthouse, which is Maine’s oldest, the park contains ruins of the old fort, which housed troops in World Wars I and II.
Two Lights State Park offers unobstructed views of Casco Bay and a view of the two lighthouses from which the park got its name. One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hooper's famous painting, “Lighthouse at Two Lights.” Crescent Beach State Park attracts sunbathers as well as fisherman and water sports enthusiasts. It is a popular spot for families because the crescent shape of the mile-long beach keeps big waves at bay.