The Point Arena Lighthouse

lighthouse and birds

The Point Arena Lighthouse – in Mendocino County – is located at the westernmost point of the continental USA.  It is a short drive out from the town of Point Arena.  I have been here twice, never getting any closer to the lighthouse than in this photo. The entry fees are stiff – and this last time it would have cost us close to $30 to get any closer to the lighthouse. So we didn’t.

The Point Arena lighthouse is – at 115 feet – the tallest lighthouse on the Pacific coast. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse, and if you are so inclined, you can have an event or wedding there – or even spend the night in some of the old buildings.

It was a foggy overcast day = not unusual for the coast.  It did not stop some intrepid surfers who were making their way back to the their car just as we arrived.

surfers at Point Arena LIghthouse

We stayed long enough to take some photos and were soon on our way back down Highway 1 for lunch in Sea Ranch.