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“Worth Visiting”

North Head Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Ilwaco
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Spokane
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Worth Visiting”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

The lighthouse is undergoing a lot of renovation at the moment, but it's still worth visiting for the view and hiking. I highly recommend hiking from the lighthouse down to Beards Hollow from the light house parking lot. This is a challenging hike, however. It's perfect for those with teens or adults who think a 45 minute hike through a rainforest each way is a good time (we do). It's got about 500 feet of vertical drop to the beach so be prepared for a butt burning hike on your way back. You can also drive to the Beard's Hollow parking area and hike from there.

Visited August 2012
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Graham, Washington
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323 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“A nice place to visit”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

North Head lighthouse is interesting but does not compete with the Cape Disappointment lighthouse for a visit. The one nice thing about this one is the ability to tour the lighthouse. There is a small fee and parking is limited, but definately worth your stop.

Visited September 2012
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Kennewick, Washington
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583 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Nice view”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

You can rent the old light keeper's places for an overnight stay. Take a hike off to the nearby cliffs to see old battlements.

Visited November 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Closed to visitors”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

This lighthouse offers spectacular views of the Pacific, but is unfortunately closed to the public right now while they refurbish it. You cannot go into the lighthouse, and they have some ugly tarp around the top of it, so you can't even admire it from afar. Hopefully no boats will crash into the rocks because of this...

Visited September 2012
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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202 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Wrapped in blue”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Our timing was bad as crews were doing restorative work on North Head before the weather got bad for the winter. The lighthouse was closed and also wrapped in an ugly blue "rain coat" to protect the work going on. The scenery from the area was spectacular however. We also are interested in renting out the keepers' quarters for a few days next time we visit. The state park does have these two buildings available for guests to stay in.

Visited September 2012
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