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Point Arena Light, Mendocino Coast

Point Arena is a narrow headland about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long with a historical lighthouse that marks a significant change in the orientation of the Mendocino Coast, about 34 miles (55 km) south of Fort Bragg and 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of the community of Point Arena, California.

Whiffin Spit Light, Sooke Harbour

Whiffin Spit is a narrow sandspit that almost landlocks Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, about 17 miles (27 km) southwest of Victoria and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Sooke, British Columbia.

Portlock Point Light, Prevost Island

Portlock Point is part of a larger peninsula that forms the eastern extremity of Prevost Island and is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, about 33 miles (53 km) south-southwest of Vancouver and 13 miles (21 km) north-northeast of Sydney, British Columbia.

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Point Montara Light, Montara

Point Montara Light, Montara

Point Montara Lighthouse is located in the coastal community of Montara, about 18 miles (29 km) south-southwest of San Francisco and 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Half Moon Bay, California.

Fort Point, Golden Gate

Fort Point, Golden Gate

Fort Point is a promontory where a historical masonry fortification, and later the southern approach of the Golden Gate Bridge, were constructed on the south side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, about 4 miles (6 km) west-northwest of downtown San Francisco and 3 miles (5 km) south of Sausalito, California.

Point San Luis Light Station, Avila Beach

Point San Luis Light Station, Avila Beach

Point San Luis is a peninsula formed by San Luis Hill, a headland with an elevation of 708 feet (216 m), that provides a sheltered harbor for Port San Luis and the community of Avila Beach on San Luis Obispo Bay, about 118 miles (190 km) south-southeast of Monterey and 7 miles (11 km) west-northwest of Pismo Beach, California.

Point Sur Light Station, Big Sur

Point Sur Light Station, Big Sur

Point Sur Light Station is situated on a prominent volcanic rock just offshore from the Big Sur coast, and connected to the mainland by a sandy tombolo, about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of San Simeon and 20 miles (32 km) south of Monterey, California.

Gig Harbor, Puget Sound

Gig Harbor, Puget Sound

Gig Harbor is an embayment and community on the western shore of Puget Sound across from Point Defiance at the confluence of Tacoma Narrows, Dalco Passage, and Colvos Passage, about 21 miles (34 km) south-southwest of Seattle and 8.5 miles (14 km) northwest of Tacoma, Washington.

Point Atkinson Light, Burrard Inlet

Point Atkinson Light, Burrard Inlet

Lighthouse Park was historically called Point Atkinson, a headland that together with Point Grey to the south, defines the entrance to Burrard Inlet, a fjord incising the lower mainland of British Columbia, about 33 miles (53 km) northeast of Nanaimo and 8 miles (13 km) northwest of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dofflemyer Point Light, Boston Harbor

Dofflemyer Point Light, Boston Harbor

Dofflemyer Point is located in the community of Boston Harbor, on the eastern shore of South Puget Sound, and defines the entrance to Budd Inlet, about 23 miles (37 km) west-southwest of Tacoma and 7 miles (11 km) north of Olympia, Washington.

Lucy Islands Light, Chatham Sound

Lucy Islands Light, Chatham Sound

The Lucy Islands is a small group of islets and reefs situated 26 miles (42 km) south of the Alaska border at the intersection of Brown Passage and Chatham Sound, about 83 miles (134 km) southeast of Ketchikan and 12 miles (19 km) west of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Point Pinos Light, Pacific Grove

Point Pinos Light, Pacific Grove

Point Pinos is in the community of Pacific Grove at the northern end of the Monterey Peninsula and is the location of the oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the U.S. west coast, about 24 miles (39 km) south-southeast of Santa Cruz and 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Monterey, California.

Point Vicente Light, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Point Vicente Light, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Point Vicente is on the Palos Verdes Peninsula between Long Point to the southeast and Resort Point to the northwest, about 20 miles (32 km) south-southeast of Santa Monica and 12.5 miles (20 km) west of Long Beach, California. 

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