Category: Lighthouse

Travel to the northern-most point of Kaua‘i and the Main Hawaiian Islands and you’ll be met with a paradise known as Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. When Anne Readel photographed this shot in March, red-footed boobies circled the skies around the setting sun, she described it as a “truly magical place”. Gorgeous views from the 568-foot ocean bluff, incredible wildlife watching and mesmerizing waves crashing below – a trip to Hawaii could be the perfect goal for the next year. What is your dream #usinterior destination? Photo courtesy of Anne Readel.

Waves break under a cotton candy morning sky at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. Spend time listening to the sound of the surf, climb to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, camp under the stars and find peace of mind in the sunshine at the nation’s first national seashore. With splendid views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Hatteras National Seashore allows you the beach time you’ve been craving. Photo by Roupen Baker (

Coastal lupine flowers dance in the wind as the fog clears from the coastline at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. About an hour drive from San Francisco, the park offers stunning views of the ocean and over 150 miles of trails to explore. Stop in at the visitor center and see the exhibits about the historic lighthouse or collect more information on the whales, seals, sea lions and wildflowers, all part of what makes this national seashore a treasure. Pic by Lauren Buchholz (

From tidepooling to witnessing Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. In the tide pools, visitors can see marine life such as anemones, urchins, mussels,  barnacles and seastars. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

With stellar views of sunrise, sunset and night sky, Acadia National Park in Maine is always welcoming. In the winter, visitors can ski, snowshoe, ride snowmobiles, camp, hike, ice fish and enjoy the park’s scenic views dressed in their snowy finery. Don’t forget to take a winter picture of sunset at Bass Harbor Head Light, an iconic Acadia experience. Photo by Kevin Davis (

For National Lighthouse Day, we’re featuring the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. Protecting mariners in an area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the lighthouse was built in 1870 and is distinctive for its spiral black and white paint pattern. It remains the tallest brick lighthouse in America and is a favorite subject of visiting photographers. Photo by Stacy Abbott (

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