Nothing says summer like a breathtaking coastal view, and nothing says coastline like a beautiful lighthouse. The United States is home to countless lighthouses, each of which boasts its own charm and unique splendor. Explore some of our favorite lighthouses across America!
Rising out of Boston Harbor you’ll find the oldest continually used lighthouse in the U.S. with the first structure built in 1716, and the current one erected in 1783.
Split Rock Lighthouse
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Located on the north shore of Lake Superior, this octagonal structure sits on top of a 130-foot cliff guiding ships across the lake’s dangerous waters since 1910.
Portland Head Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Maine’s oldest lighthouse, first shining its lights in 1791, is also one of the state’s most photographed landmarks.
Big Sable Point Light
This 112-foot black-and-white striped lighthouse, around since the late 19th century, stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Diamond Head Lighthouse
Still in use by the U.S. Coast Guard, this all-white structure with a rounded red roof was built in order to warn vessels to stay away from the reefs at Waikiki.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Built in 1871, this still-active lighthouse stands at 115 feet providing spectacular views from the top with visitors known to spot seals and whales from its high vantage point.
Heceta Head Light
As powerful as it is stunning, this beautiful lighthouse is the brightest light on the Oregon coast with the capacity to shine its light over 20 nautical miles into the ocean.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Buxton, North Carolina
Standing at an impressive 210 feet, this lighthouse located in the Outer Banks was one of the most important lighthouses on the North American Atlantic Coast in its heyday.
Montauk Point Light
Montauk, New York
Perched on the easternmost point of Long Island is New York State’s oldest lighthouse which was authorized under George Washington and is still in use today.