35 of the Most Beautiful Lighthouses in America

How many of these photogenic landmarks have you visited?

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Some of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world can be found in America, from the coasts of California to the shores of Mississippi. Let these lighthouse photos inspire you to take a trip around the country, so you can experience the scenic beauty and historical significance for yourself.

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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Florida

This gorgeous red lighthouse is the tallest in Florida, and one of the tallest in the United States. goes way back to 1835, though it was out of use for decades because of destruction and construction. It's been back in business since 1982, though, and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1998.

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Biloxi Lighthouse, Mississippi

If you can't travel down to the deep South to see this Mississippi attraction in person, don't worry: The kind folks of Biloxi set up a from the top of the lighthouse so everyone can enjoy the view.

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Boston Light, Massachusetts

On the coast of Little Brewer Island you'll find the oldest lighthouse in the U.S. The first structure was built in in 1716, and the current one was erected in 1783. If you're in the area, you can take —which includes this National Historic Landmark—during the summer.

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Point Bonita Lighthouse, California

According to the , this Bay Area beauty has "helped shepherd ships through the treacherous Golden Gate straits" since 1855. You can visit the lighthouse and trail on Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

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Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut

Looking to own a lighthouse? Back in 2015, this was one of six being offered for free by the Federal Government as part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

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Diamond Lady Lighthouse, North Carolina

stands tall above the shimmering sand at Cape Lookout on North Carolina's central shore, an area accessible only by boat. Built in 1859, it was painted with its distinctive black-and-white checkered pattern in 1873.

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Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Michigan

Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other U.S. state. is raising funds to repair Ludington State Park's Big Sable Point Lighthouse—the last of the Great Lakes lighthouses to become electrified.

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California

This picturesque lighthouse has been a shining beacon along the central California coastline since 1872.

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Lorain Lighthouse, Ohio

This charming lighthouse was saved from demolition in the 1960s and is today one of the most beloved landmarks in Lorain, Ohio.

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Block Island Southeast Light, Rhode Island

One of the most architecturally sophisticated lighthouses in the country, this Rhode Island beauty is an impressive example of the High Victorian Gothic style.

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Loggerhead Lighthouse, Florida

Located in the Florida Keys and originally known as the Dry Tortugas Light, this iconic structure became America's most powerful lighthouse when it was electrified in 1931.

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New London Ledge Light, Connecticut

An early keeper known as "Ernie" is said to haunt this historical Connecticut lighthouse.

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Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine's oldest lighthouse (it dates to 1791) is also one of the state's most photographed landmarks.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon

Considered to be one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world, this Oregon treasure now operates as a bed & breakfast.

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White Shoal Lighthouse, Michigan

Michigan's only barber pole lighthouse can be found on the state's Save Our Lights license plates.

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Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Oregon

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is Oregon's only surviving historical, wooden lighthouse.

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Old Point Loma Lighthouse, California

This picturesque San Diego lighthouse operated for only 36 years. Built in 1855, it was decommissioned in 1891 after its location proved too foggy to show its beam.

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Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota

Perched high on a rocky cliff, the Split Rock Lighthouse resembles something only Hollywood could dream up. Naturally, it made a cameo appearance in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby.

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina

A black-and-white wonder, this whimsical tower replaced an earlier lighthouse (the second on the site) that was blown apart during the Civil War.

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Battery Point Lighthouse, California

As one of California's first lighthouses (and arguably its most spectacular), this Crescent City icon has been helping mariners navigate the rugged coastline since 1856.

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Cockspur Island Lighthouse, Georgia

Noted New York architect John Norris—who was responsible for some of Savannah's most celebrated buildings—designed this charming little lighthouse near Tybee Island in 1848.

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

Rising 193 feet above ground, this is the tallest brick lighthouse in America and it's open for full moon climbs on select evenings throughout the year.

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North Head Lighthouse, Washington

It's in Cape Disappointment, but Washington's North Head Lighthouse is anything but! Visit this 117-year-old tower to take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach Peninsula.

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Eldred Rock Lighthouse, Alaska

With its majestic setting and quirky octagonal shape, this Alaska lighthouse tops our list of "must-see" places.

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Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Connecticut

Accessible by ferry, this 10-room lighthouse now operates as a museum showcasing what life was like for 19th-century light keepers.

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Tybee Lighthouse, Georgia

Miraculously, all of the historic support structures have survived on this preserved, five-acre site that contains one of Georgia's prettiest beacons.

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Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, Ohio

Automated since 1966, the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is kept by "Sarah," a blond, uniformed mannequin in the second story who watches over the site and guards it from vandals.

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Cape Florida Light, Florida

You'll find this jewel of a lighthouse towering over the crystal blue waters of Key Biscayne.

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Mission Point Lighthouse, Michigan

One of America's most beautiful coastal drives leads to this serene setting at the tip of Old Mission Point Peninsula.

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Cape Neddick Lighthouse, Maine

If you miss the celebrated holiday lights at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (known more commonly as the "Nubble Light"), don't fret—the complex will be lit again during the annual "Christmas in July" festivities.

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