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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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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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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Bear Valley Rd, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA 94956-9799
1 Bear Valley Rd, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA 94956-9799
+1 415-669-1534
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place to visit. The light house is closed several days of the week. We didn't know this before arriving, we visited on a Thursday. (only one of the visitor centers were open) You can still go out by the light house and to the...More

Thank Becca_6737
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went the last week of December (12/17), and they start running (mandatory) bus shuttles from the main visitor point. That bus has stops for the lighthouse and chimney rock. Find out when the shuttles are running, and get there early. We got there 9:30ish...More

Thank dbernstein
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the beauty of Point Reyes Seashore National Park. One afternoon we drove out the the lighthouse. I don't like being in the car, but the drive (45 minutes one way) is worth it. The views along the road are gorgeous. And then there...More

1  Thank abh345678
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Omg, wow, stunning views everywhere you turn. Miles and miles of beautiful coastline. Reminded us of coast of Ireland, rolling hills and rocky coastline. Lots of wildlife, deer, caribou, elephant seals, otters, coyotes, and lots of grazing cattle. It quite a drive to get back...More

Thank brfuchs5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be ready! Wear tennis shoes. There is a slanted walkway and lots of steps here but the view from below is beautiful. We loved the whole area's views.

Thank Michele S
Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

A fun walk for a bad hair day! The walk to the lighthouse may not be easy for small children. The winds were very strong that day and there are very many small steps going down and then back up. The sign says it's like...More

Thank helenngbl
Reviewed December 14, 2017

This place is really cool and super close to the city. We went to the main visitor's center and took a short hike to see the earthquake/fault line attractions then drove to the point and walked down to the lighthouse. The stairs are pretty brutal,...More

Thank mminn811
Reviewed December 9, 2017

This state park has many different hiking options through a range of different types of terrain. We tried the long trail (listed as 4. 5 miles in direction but more like 11 miles round trip) to the end of the Tamale Point trail. The way...More

Thank David H
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Start at the visitor's center to understand the scope of the park. Short walks from there will take you on the Earthquake Trail, down Bear Valley Trail to the ocean, up to the top of the ridge, or up to the Miwok Village. Of course,...More

1  Thank Zin3
Reviewed December 6, 2017

The Point Reyes Seashore is one of the glories of California: savage and wild, it represents the beauty of nature at its most raw and brings gratitude that we have a National Parks Service to protect and keep it that way. The walk to the...More

Thank patisson
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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
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.
Yogesh S
May 23, 2016|
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Response from GuestGroup | Reviewed this property |
I would highly recommend that you rent a vehicle because there are great places to visit along the coast. The Marin headlands, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, over look San Francisco and the bay. Pebble beach and Bixsby... More