One of the most iconic American sights, lighthouses are a symbol of safety, salt, surf, and summer (although they look pretty majestic in the winter, too). And we think these seven lighthouses across the country are some of the prettiest—plus, they’re all near Inspirato destinations.
Point Bonita Lighthouse, California
Point Bonita Lighthouse has helped guide sailors through San Francisco’s Golden Gate straits since 1855, making it the third-oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. Walk out to the dramatic cliffside where the lighthouse is perched and take in beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay.
Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon
A beacon on the Oregon Coast, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is perched 1,000 feet above the Pacific. It’s a designated state scenic viewpoint near the charming seaside town of Florence that offers dramatic seascape scenery and lighthouse tours—it’s also a great place to spot whales during the winter and spring.
Diamond Head Lighthouse, Hawaii
Diamond Head is an iconic Hawaiian lighthouse located at the end of Waikiki Beach, where it presides over the turquoise waters around Honolulu. It was named for the diamonds that sailors allegedly thought they saw on the volcano’s slopes in the early 1800s. (It turns out they were calcite crystals, but the name stuck.)
Big Red Lighthouse, Michigan
Situated right at the mouth of the manmade Holland Channel where Lake Michigan meets Lake Macataw, Big Red is Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse. It’s a bright beacon at the edge of Holland, a charming town known for its tulip festival. (If you want to learn more about Holland, check out our roundup of European-inspired towns across the U.S. here.)
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, Florida
20 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale lies the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, one of the most powerful lights in the world; it can be seen 28 nautical miles off the shore. Throughout its nearly 200-year-life, it’s withstood hurricanes and even allegedly served as a vantage point to help sink a German U-boat off Florida’s shore.