Lighthouse Tour of Northern California
Photo © James Platt
The Lighthouse Tour of Northern California identifies the twelve lighthouses from the Oregon border to the Golden Gate and the nine lights inside San Francisco Bay. This Tour provides a brief history of each one and provides contact information to learn details. The Tour identifies lighthouse where you may lodge, those you can view, and those you can visit. You can join the Tour at any point.
The attached printalble PDF files provide a map, photos and contact information for each lighthouse. You can also contact Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. at 707-882-2777 or 707-785-9506.
Length of Byway or Route: Follow Coast Hwy 1from the Oregon Border to the Golden Gate.
The Tour features Battery Point (1856), a quaint lighthouse accessible only at low tide in which the light tower is in the center of the keeper's quarters. Also, Point Arena Lighthouse (1870 and 1908), located less than four miles from the San Andreas Fault the 1870 lighthouse and keeper's quarters were destroyed in the 1906 Great Quake. The 1908 lighthouse is the first reinforced concrete lighthouse. The historic first order Fresnel lens is preserved in the onsite museum. Visitors have total access to the 115 foot, tallest on the west coast 1908 lighthouse tower. The Alcatraz Island light (1854) was the first lighthouse on the Pacific Coast. Lodging is available at Point Arena, Point Cabrillo and East Brother lighthouses.
The Lights are the following, starting from the California - Oregon border to the Golden Gate Bridge followed by a tour of San Francisco Bay-area lighthouses:
1. Saint George Reef 2. Battery Point 3.Tinidad Head 4. Table Bluff 5. Humboldt Harbor 6. Cape Mendocino 7. Punta Gorda 8. Point Cabrillo (Lodging Available) 9. Point Arena (Lodging Available) 10.Point Reyes 11. Point Bonita
Inside Golden Gate and around San Francisco Bay:
12. LIme Point 13.Fort Point 14. Mile Rocks 15. Alcatraz Island 16. Yerba Buena 17. Blunts Reef Lightship (on display Jack London Square, Oakland, CA) 18. Oakland Harbor (on display Quinn's Restaurant, Oakland, CA). 19. East Brother Light (Lodging Available)
All lighthouses strive for ADA compliance to their museums and gift store. However, due to some rugged and remote locations ADA compliance may vary, call in advance for details. Point Arena offers ADA compliant lodging, museum and gift store access, http://www.pointarenalighthouse.com .
Point Arena Lighthouse offers pet friendly units, 707-882-2777