As summer winds down, let these iconic beacons guide you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the U.S. Here, Budget Travel readers share some of their favorite lighthouses.
Above, "Sunset at a lighthouse near Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine."
"Makapu'u Point is not your normal hike on Oahu. Halfway up the steep path, there's a lookout where I noticed a great view of the Lighthouse."
"A photo of a lighthouse on the Alaska coastline, taken while on our cruise."
"The Cape Neddick ('Nubble') Lighthouse in York, Maine."
"The staircase leading to the observation deck at the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida contains 219 stairs and several landings—but it's still worth the climb."
"Strolling the beach along St. Augustine, Florida, I took this picture of the Lighthouse between the sand dunes."
"A view of the South Pier Lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan."
"A jogger on a foggy summer morning near the Fox River Lighthouse in Geneva, Illinois."
"Inside the Yerba Buena Lighthouse in San Francisco."
"A view of Kilauea Lighthouse on the island of Kauai in Hawaii."
"Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in Minnesota."
"Sunset at Diamond Head Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii."
"Portland Head Light in Maine, taken while on a late September New England-and-Canada cruise."
"The lighthouse outside my hotel room window in Lake Erie, New York."
"Heceta Head Lighthouse, as seen from Highway 101 in Oregon."
"On a hike to the Diamond Head summit, we took in views of the Waikiki urbanscape facing the sea."
"Point Bonita Lighthouse in Sausalito, California."
"Cape Lookout Lighthouse in North Carolina."
"A view of the New London Ledge Lighthouse in Connecticut."
"The Pigeon Point Lighthouse, south of San Francisco."
"The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is just south of Cocoa Beach in Florida."
"This is an aerial view of our historic Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Penobscot Bay, Rockland, Maine."
"Patos Island Lighthouse on the San Juan Islands in Washington."
"A view of Bodie Island Lighthouse in North Carolina."
"The gateway to the Upper Peninsula, the "Mighty Mac" bridge, seen with the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan."