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Along with the Casco Bay Islands, Cape Elizabeth is a nice daytrip option for those in search of rolling hills and beaches. The town is located about 9 miles south of Portland and is best known for its lighthouses. You may recognize the Two Lights lighthouse, which is featured in Edward Hopper's well-known "The Lighthouse at Two Lights," a painting housed in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cape Elizabeth is also home to the Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park. Commissioned by George Washington in the late 1700s, it's Maine's oldest lighthouse. Portland Head Light is also considered one of the most photographed lighthouses in the U.S., and some even say the entire world.

The area is also home to the beautiful Crescent Beach State Park. The mile-long beach offers gentle waters backed by a spacious shoreline and grassy (and depending on the season, flowery) dunes. From the beach, visitors enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and a lush offshore island. The area is also packed with amenities, including a snack bar, picnic tables, restrooms and a lifeguard (in the summer), making it a popular spot for families.

In addition to these attractions, Cape Elizabeth is a gateway to other popular Portland area beaches. Higgins Beach and Scarborough Beach State Park are both about 6 to 8 miles west of Cape Elizabeth. For more information on Portland area beaches and Cape Elizabeth, visit the Portland tourism board's website.

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#1 Old Port Old Port is without a doubt the beating heart of Portland. This downtown neighborhood is considered the city's center and bustles with things to do left and right, all ... Read more » Corey Templeton / Flickr

#2 Casco Bay Islands Though beaches are few and far between in Portland, shorelines abound in the nearby Casco Bay Islands. The Casco Bay Islands are a group of islands located off the coast ... Read more » danlogan / Getty Images

#3 Brewery Tours Beer is to Portland is what lobster is to Maine. If you visit without sampling some brew, you're missing out. Portland is considered by experts to be one of ... Read more » Allagash Brewing / Flickr

#4 Portland Museum of Art For such a small city, Portland houses some pretty big names in its art museum. Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer are among the icons showcased within the Portland ... Read more » Courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art

#5 Eastern Promenade Portland's waterfront is at its most picturesque at the Eastern Promenade. Beloved by locals, the Eastern Promenade is a 68-acre waterfront park located on a stretch of land separating ... Read more » Corey Templeton / Flickr

#6 Cape Elizabeth Along with the Casco Bay Islands, Cape Elizabeth is a nice daytrip option for those in search of rolling hills and beaches. The town is located about 9 miles south ... Read more » traveler1116 / Getty Images

#7 Victoria Mansion Architecture buffs and lovers of interior design will be swept up by the opulence of the Victoria Mansion. This National Historic Landmark was originally built in the mid-1800s as a ... Read more » Courtesy of Victoria Mansion

#8 Portland Observatory For some of the best views of the harbor, head to the historic Portland Observatory, the country's last standing maritime signal tower. Built in 1807, the octagonal, 86-foot high ... Read more » KenWiedemann / Getty Images

# Maine Food for Thought Tours Read more » Courtesy VisitPortland.com

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# Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine Read more » John Sulzmann / Flickr

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Located about 8 miles south of downtown Portland, Cape Elizabeth is home to Portland Head Light, one of the most recognized lighthouses in Maine. The area also boasts expansive beaches, including Crescent Beach, and miles of craggy Maine coastline. traveler1116 / Getty Images

The grand Victoria Mansion is considered to be one of the greatest examples of pre-Civil War grandeur. Expect to encounter gas light fixtures, ornate drapes and cherub-clad crown molds during your tour. Courtesy of Victoria Mansion

The Portland Observatory towers above the city on Munjoy Hill, offering spectacular views of Portland and its harbor. KenWiedemann / Getty Images

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