Lighthouses: Shining a Light Between the Present and the Past
Utilized to warn ships of dangerous waters and navigating them safely to port, many lighthouses also hold a historical significance, often shrouded in their own legend and mystery. These fascinating structures are also popular attractions that tourists seek out during their travels.
Check out our favorite lighthouses across the country!
1. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse (Florida)
With roots dating back to 1883, the unmistakable structure of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is truly a sight to behold. Over 170,000 visitors marvel at this 175-foot tall lighthouse each year and climb the 203 steps to enjoy the breathtaking views of Daytona Beach.
2. New London Ledge Lighthouse (Connecticut)
Using the term light house may be more appropriate for describing the New London Ledge Lighthouse. Completed in 1909, this three-story brick and granite building has eleven rooms and resides on a tiny manmade island. It is also rumored to be haunted a lighthouse keeper who took his own life somewhere between the 1920s or 30s.
3. Portland Head Lighthouse (Maine)
Situated on the rugged shores of Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth, the Portland Head Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine. Enjoy spectacular views of the crashing ocean waves when you visit this historic structure.
4. Heceta Head Lighthouse (Oregon)
Perched 206 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Heceta Head Lighthouse has been keeping its steadfast watch since the original five-wick kerosene lamp was lit on March 30, 1894. Visitors must take trails, which run north and south of the lighthouse, to gain access and explore the area.
5. Point Pinos Lighthouse (California)
Visit the oldest working lighthouse on the West Coast! Since 1855, the Point Pinos Lighthouse has been guiding those at sea to safety off the rugged coast of the Monterey Peninsula. The lighthouse is open year round, and special arrangements are encouraged for group tours.
6. White Shoal Lighthouse (Michigan)
The signature red stripe painted on the White Shoal Lighthouse makes the structure look like a barber pole, and it’s the only American lighthouse painted with this pattern. Because of the remote location of this lighthouse, it can only be viewed by plane or boat. Tours are available through Shepler’s Westbound Lighthouse Cruise.
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