Best Lighthouses to Visit on the East Coast

Lighthouses have a draw to them for many people and the East Cost has a plethora available to visit on any day trip or longer road trip adventure you may find yourself on. Here you'll find the most iconic and majestic East Coast Lighthouses with information on visiting and history of the lighthouses. Whether you're looking for a summer getaway to Cape Cod, a Maine trip to see the fall colors, or are headed to the Outer Banks, there's guaranteed to be a lighthouse nearby that guides and protects.

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Marshall Point Lighthouse | Port Clyde, Maine

Marshall Point Lighthouse is steeped in history and is very accessible for families that may be traveling to the East Coast with children. While the lighthouse is active, it is not open to the public. However, it's beautiful to see and visiting the Port Clyde and Camden area or Maine is always a treat. Other lighthouses in the area to visit are Brown's Head Lighthouse, Goose Rocks Lighthouse, and Indian Island Lighthouse, and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse was featured in the movie Forrest Gump.

Joe Garza's amazing images of this lighthouse are shown below. To view his entire collection of fine art lighthouse images for sale, check out his Lighthouse Gallery!

Beautiful orange sunset sky lights the sky and reflects on the water behind a lighthouse with a white-fenced path that leads to the lighthouse

Dream Catcher

marshall point lighthouse | Port Clyde, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse beacon shines with overcast grey skies. The waves crash along the rocky shoreline in Maine.

On Guard - Lighthouse Photography for sale

Portland Head lighthouse | Cape Elizabeth, Maine

lighthouse photographed from just outside the glass top shows Lake superior and the glass reflecting a beautiful sunrise.

Superior Reflections

crisp point lighthouse | Lake Superior | Newberry, MI

a photo with mostly shades of gray shows a lighthouse on the water sitting at the  end of a path with ice stuck to the railing making almost a circular pattern

Somber Signal

Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse | Algoma, WI

Lighthouse sits on top of a cliff with rocky shores as waves crash and a blue sky with a few clouds is in the background

cliff guardian

nubble lighthouse | york, maine

Cana Island Lighthouse on lake Michigan under the night sky protects ships with its bright signal light.

NIght streaks - lighthouse photos for sale

Cana Island Lighthouse - Baileys Harbor, WI

The milkyway rises over Lake Michigan with the Algoma Lighthouse protecting the entrance of the harbor in Algoma, Wisconsin.

helpless

Algoma Lighthouse - Algoma, WI

The Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick located in York, Maine was beautifully lit by the evening sunset. Sitting on its own little island just off the shore.

Last Rays

York, Maine

photo of a lighthouse sitting on a cliff of the shore of an island with blue skies and a few white clouds in the back ground

Guardian Angel

nubble lighthouse | york, maine

black and white image of a white picket fence leading up to a lighthouse with cloudy skies in the background.

sentry

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse | Outer Banks, North Carolina

Marshall point Lighthouse is located in Port Clyde, Maine. It stands on a rocky point on the end of the St. George peninsula in Maine.

Welcome Home

Port Clyde, Maine

Photo from drone of a lighthouse standing on the edge of a cliff as waves hit the rocky shores below and the sky is mostly blue with a few clouds.

watching from above

nubble lighthouse | york, maine

Portland Head Lighthouse | Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse sits on the shores of Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This is a spectacular lighthouse to visit but you should know you can only enter the lighthouse on one day per year on Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Don't worry, you can still visit the museum and the seasonal gift shop during their regular visiting hours. Be sure to check out the website for this lighthouse before heading over to get the hours and more details.

Beautiful sunrise at Portland Head Lighthouse with waves crashing on the rocks

morning watch

Portland Head Lighthouse | Cape Elizabeth, maine

The iconic Portland Head Lighthouse is a remarkable stunning lighthouse located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This is the oldest lighthouse in Maine built in 1791.

Daybreak

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Race Point Lighthouse | Provincetown, Massachusetts

Race Point Lighthouse is on Cape Cod and is run by the American Lighthouse Foundation and actually rents out two buildings for guests to spend the night! The American Lighthouse Foundation manages 22 lighthouses over Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

lighthouse painted red on the top half and white on the bottom half sits next to a gray house as the sunsets and pink clouds fill the sky.

First Watch

nauset lighthouse | cape cod national seashore | Eastham, Massachusetts

Race point lighthouse located in Provincetown, MA sits and stands 45' proud at the Cape Cod National seashore.

Gate Keeper

Race Point Lighthouse - Provincetown, MA

Cape Hatteras | Buxton, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras is one of the most iconic and majestic lighthouses on the American East Coast. It lights and protects one of the most dangerous stretches along the Atlantic coastline. Built in 1870 at a 1,500 feet away from the ocean, it seemed safe enough at the time. However, the migration of sand had left it only 120 feet from the edge and in 1999, the entire lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet to safety.

Before your visit, please check out history of this lighthouse and plan your visit.

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Marshall Point Lighthouse captured at night with the Milky Way in view and the light projecting like the blades of a helicopter.

chopper

marshall point lighthouse | Port Clyde, Maine

Nubble Lighthouse | York, Maine

Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick in Maine has a very long and interesting history behind it as well. Planning a visit to York, Maine is easy given the number of lodging and dining options. This lighthouse even hosts weddings, allows dogs to come along on leash, has scuba diving and spectacular photography views, as you can see from the number of different views I've captured of it in my collection of Lighthouse Fine Art Photography For Sale.

Cape Hatteras, a 198' tall lighthouse that is black and white candy stripped stands alone in a black and white image with an overcast sky.

Knight watch

cape hatteras lighthouse | buxton, north carolina

A white wooden rail along a path leads to the Marshall Point Lighthouse with a gently lit sky at sunset

Toward the light

marshall point lighthouse | Port Clyde, Maine

The beautiful black and white spiral strips of Cape Hatteras lighthouse rests easy during a beautiful sunset along the coast of the outer banks.

walk this way - lighthouse photography for sale

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

A white fence leads to the steps of cape hatteras lighthouse during this beautiful sunset. The black and white candy cane strips makes this a recognized icon.

The protector - Lighthouse photography for sale

Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Bodie, North Carolina

Bass Harbor Lighthouse | Acadia National Park | Mount Desert Island, Maine

The Bass Harbor Lighthouse, full of magic and history, is property of the U.S. Coast Guard. The stunning cliff-side setting makes this lighthouse one of the most iconic on the New England coast.

Waves crashing on the rocks during sunset at Bass Harbor lighthouse at Acadia National park .Shop this print and a variety of lighthouse images!

silent guardian - Lighthouse photos for sale

bass harbor lighthouse - Acadia national park, Maine

Additional fine art lighthouse images are available for purchase in Joe Garza's full collection of American Lighthouse Photography For Sale which also include many lighthouses throughout the Midwest, along the Great Lakes, and even Hawaii. These images help create a stunning setting as wall art and are available in large format prints and many in panoramic images or vertical prints to transform any space in your home or office. Check back for more images often!

Black and white image of a light house next to a house and surrounded by a white picket fence.

Waves of Gray

pemaquid point lighthouse | bristol, maine

lighthouse standing on a rocky shore at the bottom of a set of stairs at sunset with pink clouds in the sky

The Watchman

castle hill lighthouse | Narragansett Bay | Newport, Rhode Island

Simple black and white photo of a lighthouse painted in striped standing tall at the end of a concrete path

vigilant

bodie island lighthouse | Nags Head, North carolina

The northern lights danced over the Eagle Harbor lighthouse over Lake Superior all night long. This iconic lighthouse in the Upper peninsula Michigan is amazing

Midnight Aurora

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse - Eagle Harbor, MI

Point Iroquois lighthouse standing tall over the night sky in Brimley Michigan with the Milkyway shining bright.

The Guardian - Lighthouse photos for sale

Point Iroquois Lighthouse - Brimley, Michigan

A lighthouse is shown at night with a long exposure showing colorful star trails swirling around to create a disco ball effect.

Disco Ball

Devil's Island Lighthouse | Apostle Islands | Wisconsin