Explore our favorite historic lighthouses from Maine to Oregon.
1 of 11Sara Gray
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."
2 of 11Kevin Garrett
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.
3 of 11Jon Jensen
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.
4 of 11Kindra Clineff
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.
5 of 11Sara Gray
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
6 of 11John Sylvester
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.
7 of 11John Sylvester
Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse, Canada's tallest (112 feet), has stood near the tip of Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula since 1858.
8 of 11Sara Gray
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
9 of 11Sara Gray
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.
10 of 11Matt Brown
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
11 of 11Matt Brown
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