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America's Most Beautiful Lighthouses

Let these iconic beacons guide you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the U.S.! Here, Budget Travel readers share their favorite lighthouses, each with an amazing location and the romance of seafaring days.

  1. "Sunset at a lighthouse near Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine."

    (Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "Makapu'u Point is not your normal hike on Oahu. Halfway up the steep path, there's a lookout where I noticed a great view of the Lighthouse."

    (Courtesy Edward Bell/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "A photo of a lighthouse on the Alaska coastline, taken while on our cruise."

    (Courtesy mmiwig/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "The Cape Neddick ('Nubble') Lighthouse in York, Maine."

    (Courtesy lrmarciano/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "The staircase leading to the observation deck at the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida contains 219 stairs and several landings—but it's still worth the climb."

    (Courtesy jeffok714/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "Strolling the beach along St. Augustine, Florida, I took this picture of the Lighthouse between the sand dunes."

    (Courtesy JackChason/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "A view of the South Pier Lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan."

    (Courtesy Vonelle Viajera/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "A jogger on a foggy summer morning near the Fox River Lighthouse in Geneva, Illinois."

    (Courtesy laminarwind/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "Inside the Yerba Buena Lighthouse in San Francisco."

    (Courtesy gpkbrand/myBudgetTravel)
  10.  "A view of Kilauea Lighthouse on the island of Kauai in Hawaii."

    (Courtesy johnjaneelliott/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in Minnesota."

    (Courtesy waltmustang/myBudgetTravel)
  12. "Sunset at Diamond Head Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "Portland Head Light in Maine, taken while on a late September New England-and-Canada cruise."

    (Courtesy mmiwig/myBudgetTravel)
  14. "The lighthouse outside my hotel room window in Lake Erie, New York."

    (Courtesy walrusluver39/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "Heceta Head Lighthouse, as seen from Highway 101 in Oregon."

    (Courtesy Vonelle Viajera/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "On a hike to the Diamond Head summit, we took in views of the Waikiki urbanscape facing the sea."

    (Courtesy pikturero/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Point Bonita Lighthouse in Sausalito, California."

    (Courtesy DallysMom/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "Cape Lookout Lighthouse in North Carolina."

    (Courtesy johnjaneelliott/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "A view of the New London Ledge Lighthouse in Connecticut."

    (Courtesy coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "The Pigeon Point Lighthouse, south of San Francisco."

    (Courtesy markalbrent/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "Sunrise on Lake Michigan."

    (Courtesy waltmustang/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is just south of Cocoa Beach in Florida."

    (Courtesy bobcat812/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "This is an aerial view of our historic Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Penobscot Bay, Rockland, Maine."

    (Courtesy shari closter/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "Patos Island Lighthouse on the San Juan Islands in Washington."

    (Courtesy ksonne2/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "A view of Bodie Island Lighthouse in North Carolina."

    (Courtesy bciocco/myBudgetTravel)
  26. "The gateway to the Upper Peninsula, the "Mighty Mac" bridge, seen with the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan."

    (Courtesy rockon/myBudgetTravel)

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