“Closest Continental point to Hawaii”
Climb to the top of one of the tallest Pacific Coast Lighthouses as Keepers have done for over 100 years! Set in one of the most spectacular yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height (115 feet) that you can climb to the top!
The Panoramic Point Arena Lighthouse is set in one of the most spectacular yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height (115 feet) that you can climb to the top! The Lighthouse is situated on the closest point of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States. The point is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean which keeps the area cool. It is located approximately 130 mi north of San Francisco in the Fort Point Group of lighthouses. The lighthouse features a small museum and giftshop.
Beautiful. Costs $7.50 per person to climb to the top.
Nice view. Worth the stop, you can just take pictures and go or go up to the lighthouse for a small fee.
Definitely worth the value here as it was very cheap. Simple little tour and introduction about the place was nice. Good little trip up the stairs gets the blood going but the view from the top is incredible. Interestingly enough they talk a lot about the coastal erosion in the area, and it makes you wonder if will ever fall victim or need to be moved.
Worth the stop. Pretty cool to climb the top.
Very Photogenic. Worth the $7.50.
If you enjoy wind swept rocky bluffs and the smell of ocean air you'll love this place. There's something about standing on a rocky cliff with the ocean pounding away at the rocks and the wind blowing through your hair that I find so relaxing. It's almost as if I've become one with nature if only for a short time.
The original lighthouse at Point Arena was built in 1870. In 1906 an earthquake destroyed this lighthouse and the one that stands now was erected in 1908.
There is a small gift shop here.They offer a guided tour which consist of pointing out a few odds and ends in their small museum, which is also located in the same building as the gift shop.
The tour price allows you to climb up to the top of the lighthouse where you are met by another guide who tells you some of the history and points out some of the sights. I thought this was the most interesting part of the tour.
The view from the top of the lighthouse is phenomenal and was well worth the price of the tour. I can only imagine what the view must be from up there during a storm with really rough seas.
In 1992 Mel Gibson & Jamie Lee Curtis starred in a movie called Forever Young. The movie had several scenes with the lighthouse. A great movie, by the way, if you've never seen it.
I didn't know it at the time but they have lodging right there at the lighthouse. If I was ever up that way again I'd definitely plan to spend a night or two there.
It was windy but totally worth the climb to the top of the lighthouse. It is definitely one of the most photogenic lighthouses on the coast!
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