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Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Station, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Activities: Whale watching
Description: Drenched in fog most of the year, this lighthouse is one of the foggiest in the country, and is a great whale-watching spot in the fall and spring.
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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was looking forward to this part of my trip and was not disappointed. The lighthouse and scenery from it were wonderful. We did not see any whales but that was because of the time of the year. Yes, there are stairs but it is so beautiful as you take them that you really can go at a leisure pace... More

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San Antonio
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We loved this adventure. My wife and I traveled to the Point Reyes seashore after visiting the Muir Woods on a Sunday. The drive along the Pacific Coast Highway (CA1) was only part of the adventure. Despite the heavy summer fog along the seashore the sights and sounds of the coast were enough to make this trip special. Arrive early,... More

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

If you are in a bad shape lately, you are going to wish you took care of yourselves lately. The climb back from the lighthouse is quite a workout. It was windy and chilly at the lighthouse, so I work a pullover on top of my shirt. By the time I climbed back, I was sweating. However, the effort was... More

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Banning, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were driving up the coast and decided to go to the lighthouse. If you are doing this as a side trip remember it is a long drive ( although scenic) to the lighthouse and back to the highway. Once you make it to the parking lot it is a good uphill walk to the stairs leading to the lighthouse... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I went on a trip to San Francisco with my daughters and rented a car to take the hour and 20 min drive up to Point Reyes. The site was so incredibly beautiful that I cannot imagine anyone visiting the area without making this a priority. The views were breathtaking. Keep in mind if you visit there to be sure... More

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Visited Point Reyes in early March 2014. Was told by my brother that we could see whales from the lighthouse. The hike up to the lighthouse is fairly long and winding. If you have heart problems, I would not recommend hiking up to the lighthouse. But once you're up at the lighthouse, the view is tremendous. Blue water as far... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We spent my birthday at the National seashore last year. Be sure to pack a lunch as there is no food inside the park. We stopped at one of the little stores near the park's perimeter and got sandwiches and drinks. The parking lot near the lighthouse is very small and limited. The walk is pretty smooth and then you... More

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Haifa, Israel
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Loved the location and going down (and up!) the 300 steps is absolutely worth it- simply arrive before 16:30 when they close the gate. If you are lucky the wind will be insane and you will feel at the end of the world

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The gate to the stairs leading to the lighthouse is locked after 4pm and never opened on Tuesdays as far as we could tell. We walked to the platform above the lighthouse and hung out for about an hour to watch the sunset. It was spectacular and not at all windy so we lucked out. I would love to go... More

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Mountain View, CA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Visitors should know that from the Bear Valley visitors center it is a 40 minute drive out to the lighthouse at the point of Point Reyes. Leave time to visit and try to get there early to avoid the crowd at the parking lot, which is small for the very large number of people who visit. We were lucky to... More

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