Pigeon Point Light Station - Pescadero, Calif.
Pigeon Point Light Station, built in 1872 on the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the state. It's also one of the tallest in North America, with the lens alone measuring 16 feet tall and weighing some 2,000 pounds. You can't enter the lighthouse building, but you can tour the grounds and enjoy the clifftop views.
Photo courtesy of Dawn Ellner