20 of the Most Picturesque Lighthouses in America

Lighthouses have long served an important purpose for sailors and seamen navigating stormy seas and charting unknown coastlines. Even in today’s world of GPS navigation and high-tech equipment, these beacons of light continue to guide the way.

But what draws most to these traffic signals is their simple, captivating beauty. From rugged rocky outcrops in the north to sandy scenic coastlines in the south, American lighthouses offer some of the most picturesque and dramatic coastal views in the country. With hundreds of lighthouses throughout the U.S., there’s much to explore. Here are some of our favorite and most picturesque lighthouses in America:

1. Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California

Trover photo by Alex Sam

2. Cape Hatteras Light in Buxton, North Carolina

Trover photo by Arjun Gupta

3. Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine

Trover photo by Victoria Greene

4. Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, Washington

Trover photo by Mark Rentz

5. Cape Florida Light in Key Biscayne, Florida

Trover photo by Esther Bichachi

6. Whaleback Light in York County, Maine

Trover photo by Victoria Greene

7. Port Sanilac Lighthouse in Port Sanilac, Michigan

Trover photo by Dennis L. Calhoun

8. Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the Outer Banks, North Carolina

Trover photo by William Burton

9. Pigeon Point Lighthouse in San Mateo County, California

Trover photo by Alex Sam

10. North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Trover photo by Getting Stamped

11. Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Bass Harbor, Maine

Trover photo by Dennis L. Calhoun

12. North Head Lighthouse in Ilwako, Washington

Trover photo by Solanky Paul

13. Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota

Trover photo by Caroline LaBate

14. Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head, North Carolina

Trover photo by Arjun Gupta

15. Chicago Harbor Lighthouse in Chicago, Illinois

Trover photo by Richard Remington

16. West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine

Trover photo by Michelle Anglin

17. Cape Henry Lighthouse in Fort Story, Virginia

Trover photo by LTorr

18. Portsmouth Harbor Light in Newcastle, New Hampshire

Trover photo by Victoria Greene

19. Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in Manteo, North Carolina

Trover photo by Tim Hass

20. Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Trover photo by Jerry Lin

Ready to start exploring America’s many lighthouses? Check out more of our favorites by following this list of American Lighthouses. Or expand your search more globally with this list of Lighthouses Around the World.

Wherever your journeys may take you, remember to use Trover as your guiding light and be sure to share your discoveries on Desktop or iOS/Android today!