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Jul 30, 2018 09:41AM ● By Ashley Madonna
Whether you’ve had the chance to see one up close or gawk every time a couple walks past one in a romantic comedy, lighthouses are known for their scenic views and striking presence on the world’s coastlines. Captains relied on these beautiful structures to navigate dark waters and avoid dangerous coastlines in years past. And now, they are still standing strong and acting as stunning reminders of a different time. They have been so monumental that several have become historical landmarks and even more have acted as the backdrop for dreamy storylines. Now, we are taking the deep dive by exploring some of the world’s most beautiful lighthouses that are still providing exquisite sights to travelers today.

Port Isabel Lighthouse

Starting right at home, Port Isabel Lighthouse, stretching 72 feet tall, is the only open lighthouse along the Texas coast. The structure was built in 1852, and it gives locals and travelers alike a beautiful view of South Padre Island. Guests do have to clamber up the 75 winding stairs to reach the observation deck – including three short ladders – but the climb is definitely worth it once you look out on the scene. And if brides who want a pictorial backdrop for their vows can make the journey in their dress and heels on their wedding day, we are pretty sure you can do the same. Treat your legs afterward to a beautiful picnic on the destination’s grassy knoll. It’s a road trip your family will never forget. TPWD.Texas.gov/State-Parks/Port-Isabel-Lighthouse

Boston Light

The first lighthouse in what would become the United States was built in 1716 in Massachusetts. Located on the Boston Harbor Islands, this structure became an instrumental location during the American Revolutionary War. While the British blew up the original structure in June 1776 and the new lighthouse would not be rebuilt until 1783, guests can still enjoy the beautiful 85-foot National Historic Landmark that sits on Little Brewster Island in the outer Boston Harbor. To enjoy the structure from the sea, reserve your spot on the Boston Harbor Lighthouse Cruise. The two-hour narrated boat ride will let guests hop aboard and experience the beautiful structure as it was originally intended: a sight of light for those on the water. The tour will also take guests past the Long Island Light and Graves Light located nearby, so you’ll get your fair share of pictures along the way. BostonHarborIslsands.org/BostonLight

Lindesnes Lighthouse

With a quick trip over to Norway’s southernmost tip, lighthouse enthusiasts will find a structure that dates back to 1656. The Lindesnes Lighthouse, standing at 53 feet tall, is the country’s oldest lighthouse and marked the entrance of Skaggerak – and now picturesque views of the North Sea. But it’s not just a popular photo op on the South Cape. It’s also the home of an expansive museum that breaks down the structure’s 350 years of history. Guests can climb up the stairs and look out to the horizon after learning more about the location’s history through its informative exhibits. To immerse yourself in the life of the lighthouse keeper, reserve the historic four-bedroom apartment for your trip. That way you are sure to experience all of the sight’s attractions. If you are just looking to add a daytrip to your European travels, stop at the lighthouse’s restaurant for lunch before heading out on your next adventure. VisitNorway.com

St. John's Point

St. John’s Point stands apart from other Irish lighthouses not only because its now the tallest onshore lighthouse on the country’s coast at 40 meters but also because it has vibrant yellow and black bands. These colors were added to the previously black and white lighthouse in 1954 to improve the structure’s daymark, which set it apart from other local lighthouses and shined the light on ships traveling into or by the rugged Country coastline. Whether you want to hike by the area’s rocky yet stunning terrain or stay at one of the nearby lighthouse cottages – guests have two to choose from: JP Ketch and JP Sloop – this scenic attraction is sure to impress. GreatLighthouses.com/Lighthouses/St-Johns-Point/