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8 Lighthouses to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

Alcatraz IslandSan Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison that seized operations in the 1960s. Today the small island is open for tours.

Anacapa Island LighthouseLighthouse, Ventura, CA 93001, USA

A majestic lighthouse in California, United States, on the entrance to Santa Barbara Channel. Constructed in 1912, it was the last major light station built on the west coast. Now fully automated and unmanned, the light house still operates, but the National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for Channel Islands National Park.

Cabrillo National Monument1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

This is a historic lighthouse located on the Point Loma peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego, California. It is situated in the Cabrillo National Monument. It is no longer in operation as a lighthouse but is open to the public as a museum. Visitors may enter the lighthouse and view parts of the living quarters there

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA

This is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse and the land around have been preserved as Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, a California state park. The lighthouse is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as a California Historical Landmark.

Pigeon Point LighthousePigeon Point Lighthouse, Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA

It is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse in the area. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a California Historical Landmark.

Point Bonita LighthouseSan Francisco Bay entrance in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA

Point Bonita Lighthouse is out on the rocky point on the north side of the entrance to San Francisco Bay.The light is still actively used to warn approaching ships, but during the day the anyone can visit and walk around the outside of it. The lighthouse is accessible to the public during limited hours on Sundays and Mondays, as well as on ranger-led interpretive sunset hikes, which requires a sign-up. Access to the bridge is barred at other times by a metal door on the shore end of the tunnel.

Point Montara Lighthouse8800 CA-1, Montara, CA 94037, USA

The Point Montara Light is a lighthouse in Montara, California, United States, on the southern approach to the San Francisco Bay, California approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco.The lighthouse is not open to the public, and is the site of a youth hostel sponsored by Hostelling International USA.