Shining a Light

More than two centuries ago, Congress called for lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to be built for the safety of the public and seafarers. Since then, lighthouses have become an integral part of America’s maritime heritage. Farther inland, fire towers and lookouts keep watch over miles of forested landscape. Ceremonial and scenic lookouts provide visitors a bird’s eye view of breathtaking and hallowed landscapes. Explore lighthouses and lookouts and enjoy the history and the view!

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Last updated: February 5, 2019