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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
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+1 805-927-7361

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Neat spot

This isn't an old lighthouse but it's more accessible than other lighthouses in that you can go inside. The actual light and cupola are missing thanks to earthquakes but lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Burlington, Connecticut
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Burlington, Connecticut
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This isn't an old lighthouse but it's more accessible than other lighthouses in that you can go inside. The actual light and cupola are missing thanks to earthquakes but lots of photos show the original look. (And the original light is on view on Burton st in Cambria). Some relics from shipwrecks nearby are on view and you can also... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Nice light station. Disappointed that we could not climb to the top. The first order Fresnel lens is displayed in Cambria. We have been to many light stations world-wide. This is not one of the finest but still worth a look.

Thank Clare P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

We are fortunate enough to be able to travel to Cambria frequently as we have family there. A special treat was taking the tour of the light station with a docent by the name of Paul Kellett, who is there on Tuesdays. He is a gem and really fun to listen to, as he knows and shares the details that... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

This was a very interesting spot. Quite interesting to tour the area and hear the history. The well informed tour guide (O'Neil) made it a real pleasure.

Thank jimbob51
Oak View
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

walk out to the light house from the beach... about 2 miles south, with stunning ocean views and grasslands

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

We were just looking for something to do before we left for home. First lighthouse visit and wont be last. Just amazing and our guide was so passionate area it was truly highlight of trip. This is a must.

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Mariposa, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is a 2 hour tour. You will meet at the old Piedras Blancas Motel and drive over to the lighthouse as a group. You will still be traveling in your own vehicle. This is a guided walking tour that will include the tower and information on what is was like to live at the lighthouse in 1910. Restoration is... More 

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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Piedras Point Lighthouse. The actual lighthouse is just a part of the 2 hour walk around the grounds with a docent explaining all of the flora and wildlife. Also some interesting buildings and of course, the lighthouse. The tour meets up at a deserted motel just up the road from the lighthouse. From there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The staging for visiting this attraction was time consuming. It's just your average historic type location, but the visit is highly regulated which makes it a bother. We had the time so we did it, but we're not lighthouse buffs, so...

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Urbana, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Turns out you can't just show up here and look around. Everything is blocked off, and they don't even let you park by the road. You must arrange for the tour, I suppose, which meets at a specific time in the morning at an abandoned motel a mile or so north. We gave up, because we had missed the 9:45... More 

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