Explore America’s Historic Lighthouses

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, August 7, 2014

From Virginia to California, lighthouses have captivated the interest of travelers for many decades. It’s no surprise that these majestic structures have earned an annual day of recognition. National Lighthouse Day was designated by Congress in 1989 and is celebrated every year on August 7. In honor of this special day, start planning a trip to one of these amazing American treasures.

Pigeon Point Light Station near Half Moon Bay, California

Visible from Highway 1, just south of Pescadero, Pigeon Point Light Station is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States. Built in 1872, it is also the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast at 115 feet. Although you can no longer tour the entire structure, there is plenty to explore at the on-site museum and nearby grounds. The museum houses an astonishing 1,008 handcrafted, brass-framed prisms that were used to amplify the light. While touring the grounds, you may see whales, seals, and countless native birds along the coastline. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos is just a short drive down the road for your convenience!

Pigeon Point lighthouse Photo by Flickr user Grant Montgomery

Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota

Some may assume all lighthouses are on the ocean, but this National Historic Landmark was built to guide steel freighters on Lake Superior. The U.S. Lighthouse Service built Split Rock as a result of the massive gale storm of 1905 that caused 28 shipwrecks. You can hear the foghorn, explore the visitor’s center, and hike the nearby trails when you plan a trip to see the Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Duluth North can be your beacon to a comfortable bed and a free, hot breakfast each day.

Split Rock lighthouse Photo by Flickr user nty713

Cape Henry Lighthouse in Fort Story, Virginia

There are two lighthouses located at Cape Henry within Fort Story military base, which is near Virginia Beach. The original Cape Henry Lighthouse was authorized by the U.S. government in 1792. Construction was actually delayed for nearly 20 years due to the Revolutionary War. Today, it is truly a beautiful area and a monument of American history. Visitors will enjoy the spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean from the observation platform. Enjoy an oceanfront view during your entire trip when you stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Virginia Beach.

Cape Henry lighthouse Photo by Flickr user m01229

These beautiful structures are more than light keepers. They are towers with colorful pasts, amazing displays of architecture, and magnificent views that only a lighthouse can provide. These popular tourist attractions will always hold a special place in American history. Make your own travel history by booking a trip to one of these outstanding lighthouses. We look forward to being a part of your bright getaway!