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Coastal and Lake Vacations

Plan a trip that your kids will remember for a lifetime. Learn more about coastal and lake vacations like Myrtle Beach and Lake Placid.

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Makapuu Point Lighthouse

Makapuu Point lighthouse offers one of the most breathtaking coastal panoramas of any in the United States. The lighthouse is located about 12 miles east of the city of Honolulu Hawaii. Learn about Makapuu Point lighthouse.


Beach Pictures

Whether you're looking for relaxation or exhilaration, a coastal getaway can meet your needs. From Bali to Cali, act like a globetrotter and take a look at some of the world's most beautiful beaches. See more »

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

The Old Point Loma lighthouse is one of the most scenic lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse sits 500 feet above the level of the water and was frequently obscured by fog. See a profile and a picture of Old Point Loma lighthouse. See more »

Cape Flattery Lighthouse

The Cape Flattery lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse in the lower 48 states. The lighthouse was built on Tatoosh Island in 1857 just one year after the first lighthouse in the region was built. See a profile and a picture of the Cape Flattery See more »

St. George Reef Lighthouse

The St. George Reef lighthouse was one of the loneliest and most dangerous places to work. The rocky base is often visible during low tide but the dangerous swells in the winter often cover the base. See a profile of the St. George Reef lighthouse. See more »

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Oregon's scenic Heceta Head lighthouse is a favorite of lighthouse aficionados and tourists. This was one of the most challenging lighthouses to build because of the rugged coastline. See a profile and a picture of Heceta Head lighthouse. See more »

Five Finger Lighthouse

The Five Finger lighthouse reaches out to guide maritime traffic along the Inside Passage. It is located about 70 mile south of Juneau the capital of Alaska. See a profile and picture of the Five Finger lighthouse. See more »

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

The Admiralty Head lighthouse is one of the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1927 and now serves as a popular museum. See a profile and a picture of the Admiralty Head lighthouse. See more »

Makapuu Point Lighthouse

Makapuu Point lighthouse offers one of the most breathtaking coastal panoramas of any in the United States. The lighthouse is located about 12 miles east of the city of Honolulu Hawaii. Learn about Makapuu Point lighthouse. See more »

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbor lighthouse has been visited by the likes of George Washington and Henry David Thoreau. During the Revolutionary War the lighthouse guided local privateers during raids on British ships. Learn about Portsmouth Harbor lighthouse. See more »

Cape Ann Lighthouse

Cape Ann lighthouse is among the oldest lighthouses on the New England coast and boy could it tell some stories. Established in 1771 the twin lighthouses stand about 300 feet apart on the small island. Learn about the Cape Ann lighthouse. See more »