Don’t be fooled by the name: West Quoddy Head is actually the farthest east you can drive in the United States. Right at the end is one of the most distinctive lighthouses in the region—a tower that compares with Portland Head and Pemaquid Point as one of the most recognizable in the state.
In point of fact, the 49-foot-high West Quoddy Head Light (Quoddy Head State Park, 973 South Lubec Rd., off Rte. 189, Lubec, 207/733-2180, www.westquoddy.com/ , 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily mid-May–mid-Oct., free) is one of only two in the country painted with red and white stripes—a common practice in Canada, where it helps them stand out against the snow. Depending on your frame of mind, it calls to mind an American flag, a candy cane, or Pippi Longstocking’s hose.
While the tower is not open to the public, the keeper’s house has a small museum, and the cliffs are prime viewing for seals, bald eagles, and sometimes even whales.