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Race Rocks Light, Strait of Juan de Fuca

The Islands of Race Rocks are located just off the southern tip of Vancouver Island, about 16 km (10 mi) southwest of Victoria, British Columbia. Race Rocks are named for the fast flowing tidal races that develop large waves and eddies. Because of the unusually strong currents, there is an exceptional variety of marine life, but this area is notoriously difficult and dangerous to navigate.

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.

Lawyer Island Light, Malacca Passage

The Lawyer Islands are located in Malacca Passage, part of the Canadian Inside Passage between Porcher Island and the Tsimpsean Peninsula and just off the mouth of the Skeena River, about 102 miles (165 km) southeast of Ketchikan and 13 miles (20 km) south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

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Point Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

Point Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

Point Piedras Blancas is a prominent headland and the site of a historical light station within the California Coastal National Monument, and surrounded by the Hearst San Simeon State Park, about 73 miles (117 km) south-southeast of Monterey and 6 miles (10 km) west-northwest of San Simeon, California.

Turn Point, Boundary Pass

Turn Point, Boundary Pass

Turn Point is a headland with a historical light station on the northwest coast of Stuart Island, located on property that is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument, about 34 miles (55 km) west of Bellingham and 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Friday Harbor, Washington.

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.

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