35 beautiful lighthouses across America


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There are roughly 700 lighthouses in the United States — so many, in fact,  it could take quite a few trips to visit each and every one of them. And you may be surprised to find that the state with the most lighthouses isn’t anywhere near an ocean.

That’s right. With around 140 lighthouses along its coastlines, Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state. Maine comes in second at around 80.

We’ve compiled this list of some of our favorite lighthouses so that, even if you can’t visit in person, you can be inspired by these photos of some of the most beautiful lighthouses in America.

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Portland Head Lighthouse

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Santa Cruz Breakwater Lighthouse

Santa Cruz, California

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Crisp Point Lighthouse

Upper Peninsula, Michigan

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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet, Florida

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Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi, Mississippi

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Boston Light

Boston, Massachuesetts 

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Old Baldy Lighthouse

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

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Dry Tortugas Lighthouse

Loggerhead Key, Florida

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Dare County, North Carolina

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Diamond Head Lighthouse

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Port Boca Grande Lighthouse

Boca Grande, Florida

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Bass Harbor Head Light

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Newport, Oregon

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Assateague Lighthouse

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Bodie Island Lighthouse

Nags Head, North Carolina

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Ned’s Point Lighthouse

Mattapoisett, Massachuesetts 

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Nubble Lighthouse

York, Maine

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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Lubec, Maine

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St. Helena Island Lighthouse

 St. Helena Island, Michigan

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Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse

Lighthouse Park Port Hope, Michigan

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Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

Hannibal, Missouri

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Split Rock Lighthouse

Silver Bay, Minnesota

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita, California

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Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Ludington, Michigan

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse

San Mateo County, California

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Lorain Lighthouse

Lorain, Ohio

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Block Island Southeast Light

New Shoreham, Rhode Island

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Loggerhead Lighthouse

Key West, Florida

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New London Ledge Light

New London, Connecticut

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

St, Florence, Oregon

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White Shoal Lighthouse

Lake, Michigan

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Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

Newport, Oregon

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Old Point Loma Lighthouse

San Diego, California

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Battery Point Lighthouse

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Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Tybee Island, Georgia


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Kaitlyn Farley

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