5 Amazing Places to Photograph in Maine
Photography is an amazingly creative pastime that is not only great for relaxation and focus, but it also keeps cognitive functions (and our memories!) sharp. There are so many incredible health benefits of photography, it’s just another reason to consider taking it up as a hobby or – if you already love taking photos – honing your skills. Trust us when we say that Maine is the perfect place to practice! Below, we’ve put together some of the best locations for Maine scenic photography.
1. Battery Steele – Peaks Island
Peaks Island is a worthwhile photography excursion on its own, but the true gem of this Casco Bay island is Battery Steele. This historic bunker, built for Maine’s defense system in 1942, is constructed of 300-foot cement corridors and walls. It creates an elusive maze that takes you back in time and can make for some incredible photos.
2. Higgins Beach – Scarborough
Higgins Beach, located in Scarborough just south of Portland, is a stretch of shore that provides endless beautiful photo opportunities. Not only is the coast itself a sight to behold, but there are always people enjoying all that the beach has to offer – walking their dogs, playing beach games, shell hunting or simply relaxing. Plus, if you go at low tide you will find remains of a shipwreck that occurred in 1897!
3. Acadia National Park – Mount Desert Island & Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park is Maine’s largest and most well-known state park, and for good reason. Located along Maine’s coast, the bulk of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, meaning a diverse backdrop of rocky shoreline, mountains and forest to photograph. Some of the most popular spots to take pictures are in downtown Bar Harbor, Newport Cove, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. You can even take the Park Loop Road, which is 27 miles and takes you throughout the park – this road is closed in the winter months, so be sure to travel it before December or after April. There is a lot to see and photograph in Acadia National Park, so you may want to book a full weekend to make the most of your time there!
4. Fort Williams & Portland Head Light – Cape Elizabeth
Perhaps the most well-known of all the landmarks in Maine, Fort Williams is the perfect place to practice your photography skills. The oceanside park, located in Cape Elizabeth, has rolling green hills overlooking the rocky coast, a variety of historic forts to explore, and – of course – the iconic Portland Head Light! This monument has been a symbol of Maine since the late 1700s and is such a fun landscape to photograph!
5. Camden Hills State Park – Camden
For stunning nature views, be sure to spend some time exploring Camden Hills State Park! Located south of Acadia National Park near the coast, the park includes beautiful hikes including Mount Megunticook and Mount Battie, the sights from which are unbeatable. Take in panoramic views of the Penobscot Bay and Camden Harbor from the top – you’ll be glad you did!
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