Best Lighthouses to Visit this Summer

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Summer is a great time to get out and travel with friends and family. In honor of National Lighthouse Day on Friday, August 7th, we thought we’d share some of the best lighthouses to visit while the summer lasts.

Heceta Head, Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse is a working lighthouse that is 205 feet above the ocean, and casts a light beam up to 21 miles out to sea. It’s the brightest light on the Oregon coast, and is said to be the most photographed lighthouse as well. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s house are circa 1894 — the Light Keeper’s house is perched on a cliff with a view of the Pacific Ocean and beach below. The Light Keeper’s house also has paths leading to both the beach and the lighthouse itself. Plus, it’s open to the public as a bed and breakfast with a 15-guest capacity, 6 queen size beds, 5 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and intimate parlors for relaxing with amazing ocean views.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouses, North Carolina 

There are three lighthouses in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The Bodie Island Lighthouse and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are both open seasonally for self-guided climbs and even offer a “full moon climb” as well. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in North America and has 257 steps from the ground to the balcony level (that’s the same as climbing a 12-story building!). The Bodie Island lighthouse is slightly shorter with just over 200 steps — still equal to a 10-story building. The third lighthouse, the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, is not open for climbing or tours at this time.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota 

The Split Rock Lighthouse is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and was built after 29 steel ships were damaged in a storm on Nov 28, 1905. The lighthouse completed construction in 1910 and remained in service until 1969, when modern navigational equipment made the light station obsolete. The Minnesota Historical Society took over administrative responsibility for the lighthouse in 1976, and they have since restored the lighthouse to its early 1920s appearance. Split Rock is considered to be one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the US.


Ponce De Leon Inlet Light, Florida 

The Ponce De Leon Inlet Light is a lighthouse and museum located in Central Florida, 10 miles south of Daytona Beach and close to Orlando, historic St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center. The Ponce De Leon Inlet Light is the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 175 feet (203 steps to the top) and it’s the 2nd tallest masonry lighthouse in the country (2nd only to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina). The lighthouse also became a National Historic Landmark in 1998.

Thomas Point Shoal Light, Maryland 

The Thomas Point Light Station — also known as the Thomas Point Shoal Light Station — was completed in November 1875 and is the most recognizable lighthouse in Maryland. The lighthouse became a National Historic Landmark in 1999, because it is the only unmoved, operational cottage-style screw-pile lighthouse in the country. All other screw-pile lighthouses have been moved from their original locations for historical preservation. Public tours of the lighthouse started in 2007 and are conducted every summer.

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Ashley Chipman

Ashley Chipman

Animal lover. Nature enthusiast. Coloradan for life. Born and raised, I will forever call the beautiful Rocky Mountains home, but I also love to escape for travel and adventure overseas when I can. If I am not working or out adventuring, you can usually find me hiking the Rocky Mountains with my two dogs.

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