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“Wrapped in blue” 3 of 5 stars
Review of North Head Lighthouse

North Head Lighthouse
Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Ilwaco
Type: Lighthouses
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Phoenix
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Wrapped in blue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Our timing was bad as crews were doing restorative work on North Head before the weather got bad for the winter. The lighthouse was closed and also wrapped in an ugly blue "rain coat" to protect the work going on. The scenery from the area was spectacular however. We also are interested in renting out the keepers' quarters for a few days next time we visit. The state park does have these two buildings available for guests to stay in.

Visited September 2012
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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“Neat old lighthouse you can tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

A short walk takes you to the lighthouse, where you can pay a small fee and climb to the top for a great view. The friends of the lighthouse are raising money for renovation. The homes adjacent were home to the lighthouse keeper and assistants, and signs explain how they lived there so isolated, caring for the light. The homes can be rented to spend the night. What a sight to wake up to!

Visited August 2012
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Olympia, Washington, United States
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“Gorgeous walk and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We had so much fun poking around the lighthouse, the trails to the lighthouse, and the store. It was neat to see the old residences of the lighthouse keepers too. The view from where the lighthouse is perched is breathtaking. It's awesome to watch the powerful waves break of the rocks below.

Visited August 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Great Views But Lighthouse Is Not In the Best Shape”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

This lighthouse requires a short roughly 1/4 mile hike to. The views are amazing but unfortunately this lighthouse is not in the best shape. The inside is gutted and not fixed up. You can climb to the top and walk into the lantern room. If this lighthouse is ever fully renovated it would be a solid 5.

Visited July 2012
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Astoria, Oregon
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“what a view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

its a very easy to get to location. If you are lucky, the ladies from NOAA might be there to do their seabird count and let you look through their huge telescope. ( they do this once a month) They will also share their vast knowledge.
You can access it on the trail from the parking lot, and another way is behind the lighthouse keepers place, but that involves stairs, so its not wheelchair accessible.

also a great spot for whalewatching!

Visited July 2012
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