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“Not very tall in stature, but large in history”

Point Pinos Lighthouse
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast.
Titusville
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“Not very tall in stature, but large in history”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

I expect to see a very tall lighthouse, especially being from Maine where we have an abundance of them, but this one sits up high on a hill and not right on the water where you expect them to be.
It is only open a limited number of hours Thursday through Monday. The docent is very knowledgeable and interesting to talk with. If you have questions she has the answers; especially regarding the lifestyle of the female keeper. It can be a lonely life. If you decide to make take this tour try to imagine what it would be like to live this way so many years ago. Then, follow-up the docent's comments with questions. sometime you lea more "outside" their formal talk. Make a donation...and not just $2. We stopped by again that same evening after watching the sunset to see the liht burning and to take our pic.

Visited April 2013
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Carmel, California
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“Second lighthouse in California”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This beautifully maintained lighthouse is worth a trip The setting, surrounded by the Pacific Grove municipal golf course, is a real treat. It is set back from the water and affords a great view of Monterey Bay.

Visited March 2013
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Reston, VA
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“Out of the way but worth a visit.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This lighthouse isn't on many peoples' radar, but it should be. The docent is knowledgeable & friendly. The lighthouse gives a glimpse of life for the keeper, a single woman. This is quite unusual. The views from the lighthouse & environs is gorgeous. In the basement there's a mini museum with another volunteer docent. A thoroughly enjoyable stop.

Visited March 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Suprise!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A small gem. Lovingly restored lighthouse. Great historical and scientific displays. Take 30 -60 minutes to enjoy.

Visited March 2013
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Forestville, California
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“Definitely worth a stop”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

We didn't even realize there was a lighthouse at the end of Lighthouse Avenue! It's small but historic and worth the stop. $2/adults, $1/children, very worth it. The docents were friendly and knowledgeable. Limited hours (1 - 4 pm when we were in town).

Visited March 2013
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