United States West Quoddy Head

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About this spot
West Quoddy Head is the easternmost point in the continental United States. From March 7 to March 24, and from September 19 to October 6, WQH sees the first sunlight. The rest of the year the Grand Manan Island, in New Brunswick, CAN, blocks the sunrise. During those other times sunrise is first visible in the continental United States at either Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine, or on top of Mars Hill, in Mars Hill, Maine. Exactly which location is first depends upon the season.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse stands on the point of WQH. The current lighthouse has operated since 1858, replacing the 1808 wooden lighthouse. The tower is red and white striped and is 49 feet tall. The base is 34 feet above sea level. It is now an automatic light so there is no lighthouse keeper. The former keeper’s residence is the current visitor center.

The view from WHQ is spectacular, and dawn is a great time for photography. The best light for shooting the lighthouse is also at dawn

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