Ten Best Lighthouses in the United States

Ten Best Lighthouses in the United States


Millions of people are completely enamored with lighthouses. They are mysterious, unusual and incredibly romantic structures, and each has its own remarkable story. There are, however, many well-known or even famous lighthouses, and the ten best known in the United States are:

Monhegan Island Light

Monhegan Island Light

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Off the coast of Maine is Monhegan Island, home to the famous Wyeth family of artists and the Monhegan Island Light. Built in 1824, the forty-seven foot tower is still in operation and the keeper’s house is open for visits.

Grand Haven Pier Lights

Grand Haven Pier Lights

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In Grand Haven, Michigan is a unique set of lights, inner and outer structures dating from 1839 and 1905 respectively, and connected by a long pier perfect for a casual stroll.

Marshall Point Light

Marshall Point Light

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Another Maine lighthouse, the Marshall Point Light is in Port Clyde. The keeper’s house is maintained by the St. George Historical Society as a museum.

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

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Off the coast of North Carolina, in the famous Outer Banks, is Ocracoke Island and its lighthouse built in 1823. The village itself is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Visitor Center offers comprehensive information about the area.

Boston Light

The city of Boston, Massachusetts is chock full of history, and the lighthouse on Little Brewster Island was built in 1716. It survived the Revolutionary War, was electrified in 1956 and is still in operation today.

Point Reyes Light

Point Reyes Light

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Along the California coast, near Inverness, is the 1870s lighthouse. No longer a working facility it is operated by the National Park Service as a museum and exhibit.

St. Simons Light

Along the coast of Georgia is St. Simons Island, home to the one hundred and four foot tower and museum.

Point Arena Light

Point Arena Light

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Heavy shipping traffic forced the construction of this light in 1870, it was destroyed by the famous 1906 quake, and today’s one hundred and fifteen foot rebuilt tower is open to the public.

Heceta Head Light

The northern Pacific coast of Oregon is home to this frequently photographed wonder, built in 1894 and standing more than two hundred feet above the sea below.

Cape Hatteras Light

Cape Hatteras Light

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Perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the world, the one hundred and ninety-three foot tall structure is refurbished and open to the public.

Date posted: 17th June, 2016

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