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Point Reyes Lighthouse

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1 Bear Valley Rd, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA 94956-9799
+1 415-669-1534
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After a really bumpy ride for 18 miles to reach the lighthouse (the reason I took one star away... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Greg B
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Vacaville, California
Great place, great views, quiet

We tour national park service sites, we were in San Francisco so we hit this one. Outstanding... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
greglinmon
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“light house” (72 reviews)
“parking lot” (75 reviews)
“long drive” (42 reviews)
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Bear Valley Rd, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA 94956-9799
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+1 415-669-1534
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After a really bumpy ride for 18 miles to reach the lighthouse (the reason I took one star away from this experience) we found that the light itself is magnificent: a category V Fresnel lens revolving on a meticulously crafted wheel. The walk from the...More

Thank Greg B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tour national park service sites, we were in San Francisco so we hit this one. Outstanding. Views were great, nice hiking. The walk to lighthouse was super. We hit a day when kids got into lighthouse and a tour. Walked Drakes beach. Visitors centers...More

1  Thank greglinmon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tourist spot! The lighthouse's specialty is it's location at the bottom of 308 step-stairs and the views are gorgeous. One can enjoy greenery and farm animals on the way too :) Tips: Its kinda windy at the top sometimes and one should spare at-least...More

1  Thank JUNI-BANERJEE
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited point Reyes light house on 28.5.18. On the way we saw such a lovely scenic beauty, road passing through jungle with intermittent houses, fenced cattle ranches with grazing cows on green hills, surfers in the sea, the sea looks so beautiful from the hill...More

Thank Amrita P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Point Reyes on the Sunday of the Memory Day week in 2018. It's located all the way to the end and took about 1.5 hr drive from Bear valley Visitor Center. I would like to say this is the main attraction of the...More

Thank Bin Q
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a nice drive out through the dairy farms to the end of the point. Great views along the way, and from the visitor's center above the lighthouse. Going down the the light is probably great, but not to worry if you aren't up to...More

2  Thank TerryRxyz
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

Must see. Easy day trip. Eat lunch at Point Reyes Station. Cute town. Old California. A lot of places to eat. Then drive out to the lighthouse (long, windy drive, past working dairy farms and ranches). Then take a beautiful walk with magnificent views. You...More

1  Thank MaryBeverlyFarms
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

This area was a one and a half hour scenic drive from San Francisco. The Lighthouse was closed when we visited on a Wednesday, but it was still worth going just for the stunning scenery. The views from that vantage point in the Park above...More

1  Thank TheExplorerFamily
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

It was absolutely beautiful day trip to Point Reyes! My 3 little kids loved to watch whales, elks, seals, lot's of cows and the lighthouse! Steps to and from the lighthouse can be a little challenge for some people, but totally worth it! Try it...More

2  Thank Ken L
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

It is beautiful place and lot of attractions all around . It also gives you a beautiful picture during sun rice and sunset.. very clean and silent beach before reaching to light house. you can sit and enjoy breeze and sunlight in quite environment. You...More

1  Thank TRUST006
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Vy-Suayen
April 2, 2018|
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Response from Trina J | Reviewed this property |
No reservation needed.
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loriwoodsansohn
October 22, 2016|
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Response from susan c | Reviewed this property |
The hours others have given are correct. If there is any way you can go when it is open, it is spectacular. But even the view from above the lighthouse is breathtaking (we saw three gray whales from that vantage point just... More
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JNCadventures
September 25, 2016|
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Response from Kruiz90 | Reviewed this property |
You could use a scooter from the parking lot to the visitor center but not down to the lighthouse. You will be able to see it if the fog allies from the visitor center area.
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