1. North Head Lighthouse, Washington: My favorite Lighthouse in the world is about 30 minutes south of home in Ilwaco, Washington. The first time I saw this lighthouse in person it just touched my heart and I felt connected to it somehow. Lit for the first time on May 16, 1898, the North Head Lighthouse is 65 feet tall and hovers 194 feet above sea level. If you love beautiful ocean views then you won't be disappointed as you have unobstructed views of the North, West & South. You can even vacation in the old caregivers homes on the property.
|North Head Lighthouse ~ Winter 2008©|
|North Head Lighthouse ~ 2010©|
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5. Yaquina Head, Oregon: The height of this Central Oregon Coast lighthouse is astounding and truly makes you feel small and insignificant in the scheme of things. Built in 1873, it stands a whopping 93 feet high and was constructed of 370,000 bricks. A 1000 watt globe has replaced the original oil wicks, and it now generates over 130,000 candlepower. There are great tide pools on the rocky beach below that attract many people, especially at very low tides.
|Yaquina Head Lighthouse ~ © 2003|
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Selecting five lighthouses is extremely difficult as there are almost 30 lighthouses that still stand strong on the California coast; 11 along the Oregon coast and 24 of them in Washington (three of which are all but gone). These are just my personal favorites, but really I love them all! I guess I'll have to write another post about more of these historic beauties.
If you're in the Midwest then you may enjoy this article that we found: Five Midwest Lighthouses to Love