10 Most Beautiful Lighthouses That Have Stood The Test Of Time

Sunset At Covehead Harbour Lighthouse Photo Credit- Elena Elisseeva

Story goes that the mariners in ancient times were guided using fire built on hill tops which would help them find their way. These ‘fire on hilltop’ eventually took form of lighthouses.

Once the essential guide of seaman, there are only a few functional lighthouses left. But functional or defunct, these lighthouses have stood the test of time and are a great example of resilient architecture and engineering of olden days. Not to forget, great subject for some dramatic photography too! Here, we present our collection of 10 most beautiful lighthouses.

1. As The Sky Reaches The Water 

As The Sky Reaches The Water Photo Credit- Karol LivotePhoto Credit- Karol Livote

Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

2. Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse 

Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse Photo Credit- Joan CarrollPhoto Credit- Joan Carroll

The Kenosha North Pier lighthouse is a typical Lake Michigan red tower. The Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse (first constructed in 1906) is one of a succession of lighthouses at this location.

3. Havana Harbor Lighthouse 

Havana Harbor Lighthouse Photo Credit- Karen WilesPhoto Credit- Karen Wiles

Castillo del Morro, the entrance to Havana Harbor, in Cuba.

4. Keeping Vessels Safe 

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Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde, Maine – station established 1832. This lighthouse was built in 1857 and was automated in 1971.

5. Quoddy Head At Sunrise 

Quoddy Head At Sunrise Photo Credit- Bill CaldwellPhoto Credit- Bill Caldwell

The distinctive red and white striped West Quoddy Head Lighthouse stands watch just after sunrise at the eastern most point in the US in Downeast Maine along a region known as the Bold Coast. A rocky shoreline and pastel pink clouds are illuminated by the rising sun as the clouds fan out above the lighthouse.

6. Illuminated Beacon 

Illuminated Beacon Photo Credit- Meirion MatthiasPhoto Credit- Meirion Matthias

Lighthouse on the north wales coast in the golden afterglow of a storm out at sea

7. Yaquina Head Light 

Yaquina Head Light Photo Credit- Mel SteinhauerPhoto Credit- Mel Steinhauer

Oregon Central Coast, near the mouth of the Yaquina River, you will find Oregon’s tallest lighthouse. At 93 feet high on top of a narrow point of land, the light can be seen 20 miles away.

8. Sunset At Covehead Harbour Lighthouse 

Sunset At Covehead Harbour Lighthouse Photo Credit- Elena ElisseevaPhoto Credit- Elena Elisseeva

Beautiful sunset at Covehead Harbour lighthouse, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

9. Alki Point Lighthouse 

Alki Point Lighthouse Photo Credit- Joan CarrollPhoto Credit- Joan Carroll

This is the Alki Point Lighthouse, located at southern entrance to Seattle’s Elliott Bay, is still in active service and a US Coast Guard property today.

10. Coquille River Lighthouse 

Coquille River Lighthouse Photo Credit- Priscilla BurgersPhoto Credit- Priscilla Burgers

Historic Coquille River Lighthouse that is located at the end of the beach access road in Bullards Beach State Park.