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Piedras Blancas Light Station

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Address: Tours meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel 1.5 miles North of the light station, Cambria, CA
Phone Number: +1 805-927-7361
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Picturesque Lighthouse Setting with Awesome Beaches Nearby

This lighthouse was a must see on the list, however, it was not open at 9am on a Sunday when I visited, so just had to admire it from the road and the nearby hiking trails by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Larkspur, Colorado
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Larkspur, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This lighthouse was a must see on the list, however, it was not open at 9am on a Sunday when I visited, so just had to admire it from the road and the nearby hiking trails by the elephant seal habitat to the south. Look at their website before visiting as it says they do tours (only a few days... More 

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Northridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, you meet the docents at the Motel 1.5 miles north of the lighthouse on Hwy 1 at 9:45 (don't be late!). You pay there and then caravan (in your own car) back south to the lighthouse entrance. During the two hour tour you see the inside of the lighthouse for maybe 15 minutes. The rest of the tour is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Kid liked the sea lions up close, instead of watching them on a screen!!! It's perfect to do on the way to Heart'sCastle.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is an easy-walking, fun tour of a historical lighthouse on BLM property. You meet up with your guide and other guests off-site at deserted motel (sounds creepy but it isn't!). There you pay $10p/p for the tour, and then drive your car back down the highway to the lighthouse property. Tours are 2 hours in length and given by... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We were staying in Cambria and had already decided to do Hearst Castle and elephant seals. This is only a couple of miles. Good to see how the land is being brought back to original state and the history of the lighthouse.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

The 2 hour tour of the lighthouse was well worth the $10 of which 100% is used to maintain the lighthouse. This is perfect for anyone into lighthouses, history, natural plant and wildlife, and gorgeous views of the coast. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable and it is obvious they care about the future of the lighthouse. It is an... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

I was looking for an easy day trip activity for my husband and me. What a find! I have been living in the Central Coast area for 10 years and didn't know about this tour. I would definitely recommend it. We learned so much about the local wildlife, vegetation, and, of course, the lighthouse. The scenery is so beautiful, even... More 

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Cambria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Found this tour on tripadvisor. The cost is $10 per person. You meet at the former Piedras Blancas motel which is 1.5 miles north. Here they collect your fees and give you a group number. You then get back in your car and caravan to the light house. Here you drive on a dirt road and park and meet your... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

This was an unexpected bonus to our Cambria min-break - we arrived one evening and saw this would be open the following day, so just drove up there in the morning. The group meets at an abandoned motel about a mile beyond the lighthouse entrance; you are issues passes then escorted in convoy back to and onto the grounds. The... More 

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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see but also "a must plan" when you plan to be in the Cambria area. You can't just go any time; you need to meet at specified time and location to take the tour. We met the volunteers for a Saturday tour and caravanned from the deserted hotel 2 miles north to the entrance to the... More 

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