Washington is flush with lighthouses. Some are still hard at work, while others are monuments to times gone past. There are 12 lighthouses along the Washington coast, each one with its own unique history. These sea sentinels date back as early as 1856. So strap on your hiking boots and check out these beauties.
Patos Island Light House. Built in 1908, this beauty perches on the northernmost island of the San Juans. The entire island is a state park and the only way to access it is by boat. In the summer, tent camping and boat tours are available.
Turn Point Lighthouse. Stuart Island hosts the Turn Point Lighthouse. What started out as a light on a pole in 1893 became a concrete light tower in 1936. Turn Point is only accessible by boat and has an interpretive center that can be visited in the summer.
Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Established in 1914, the lighthouse was upgraded in 1919. Today it houses a whale research center. In the summer you can tour the lighthouse and watch for whales off the coast.
Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The 1903, Spanish style lighthouse faces the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. While this gorgeous lighthouse is no longer an active light, it houses an interpretative center and gift shop as a part of the Fort Casey State Park. It is open daily during the summer.
Celebrate National Lighthouse day on August 7th.
Mukilteo Lighthouse. The pretty little sentinel a few steps away from the ferry slip in Mukilteo was built in 1906. Marking the Possession Sound, the lighthouse is open for tours. The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival brings in thousands of visitors every September. The lighthouse is available to tour and hosts a gift shop and exhibits.
New Dungeness Lighthouse. This lighthouse is a five-mile hike down the Dungeness Spit outside of Sequim. The 1857 lighthouse is the second oldest in Washington. It’s open all year-round and is available to tour, stay overnight in and book for weddings.
Point No Point Lighthouse. The Point No Point Lighthouse dates back to 1880 and is the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. Located in Hansville, it is open on summer weekend afternoons. It has a been a popular destination for weddings.
West Point Lighthouse. Discovery Park on Elliot Bay is the home of this 1881 lighthouse. It was donated to the city of Seattle in 2004. You can hike up to the lighthouse, but it is closed for restoration.
Admiralty Head, Browns Point, Cape Disappointment,
Grays Harbor, Mukilteo, Point No Point, Point Robinson,
North Head, and West Point Lighthouses all use the Fresnel Lens.
The lens was invented in 1823 by the French and uses
prisms to bend and intensify the light.
Point Robinson Lighthouse. Vashon-Maury Island hosts the Point Robinson Lighthouse. Built in 1915, the lighthouse is open for tours on Sunday during the summers. There are two furnished keepers quarters available for rent all year-round.
Browns Point Lighthouse. The Browns Point Lighthouse marks the entrance to Commencement Bay and the Port of Tacoma. The original 1887 wooden sentinel and fogbell, was replaced in 1934. The lighthouse is no longer open but the 1903 keeper’s cottage is available to ren year-round at a vacation rental.
Grays Harbor Lighthouse. As the tallest lighthouse in Washington, the 107-foot sentinel was built in 1898. It is apart of the Maritime Musem and is open all year-round. Tour the interpretive center and museum.
North Head Lighthouse. Guarding the Columbia River entrance on the coast in Ilwaco, North Lead Lighthouse is planted in Cape Disappointment State Park. Overnight accommodations and lighthouse tours are available.
The Washington Lighthouse Association preserves the history and lore of Washington’s lighthouses. They host public events, educational seminars and a newsletter.
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Not far from the North Head Lighthouse you can find the oldest lighthouse in Washington, built in 1856. You can’t miss the thick black stripe painted around the tower. It was built to help ships entering the Columbia River. The park offers limited tours.