The Best Northwestern Lighthouses
Explore our favorite historic lighthouses from Maine to Oregon.
Maine's official state quarter displays a schooner passing this structure―the Pemaquid Point Light. The tower, 38 feet tall, has been deemed Maine's "prettiest lighthouse."
This stunning black-and-white spiral lighthouse, 165 feet tall, was established in 1874. Located on Florida's Anastasia Island, St. Augustine Light doubles as a museum.
A Different Perspective
The Umpqua River Light stands on a hill 165 feet above sea level at Winchester Bay, Oregon. The 61-foot tower has a unique Fresnel lens that casts red and white lights out to sea.
Curtis Island Light, a [modest] 25 feet tall, has stood at the entrance to Maine's Camden Harbor since 1896. The light is not open to the public, but is visible from shore.
Split Rock Lighthouse stands at dawn on its cliff-top home along Lake Superior near Beaver Bay, Minnesota. The lighthouse, completed in 1910, has been dark since 1969―except for an annual lighting on November 10 to commemorate sailors lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks.
The Pointe à la Renommée Light is a bright, cast-iron addition to the coast of Canada. The current tower was built in 1907 near L'Anse―Valleau on Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula. It stands at 49 feet with an adjacent museum/gift shop.
Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse, Canada's tallest (112 feet), has stood near the tip of Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula since 1858.
You can walk, bike, or drive to Block Island's two lighthouses, North Light and Southeast Light (shown here), both open to visitors seasonally. The island, accessible by ferry, is part of Rhode Island.
Miles and Miles
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, opened in 1846, stands 117 feet tall and, counting the hill, 362 feet above sea level. The beam can be seen 40 miles out to sea. Those who climb the tower get spectacular views of Bermuda.
The 1857-vintage New Dungeness Light Station is at the tip of the Dungeness Spit near Sequim, Washington. Although this light is one of the oldest in the Northwest, it's still active as a navigational aid.
A Rare Glimpse
This modern beacon now shines at the New Dungeness Light near Sequim, Washington. The fourth-order Fresnel lens that once guided mariners is now on display at the Coast Guard Museum Northwest in Seattle.