Sentinels of the Sanctuaries

For centuries, lighthouses have served as beacons, guiding mariners away from danger and marking the way to safe harbor. From the Point Arena Lighthouse overlooking Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to the lighthouses of the Outer Banks Maritime Heritage trail near Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, lighthouses all across the country tell the story of our seafaring nation.

point arena lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse, Greater Farallones NMS; Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

thunder bay island lighthouse

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse, Thunder Bay NMS; Photo: David J. Ruck/NOAA

point sur lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse, Monterey Bay NMS; Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

cape hatteras lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina, Monitor NMS; Photo: Captain Albert E. Theberge/NOAA

sombrero key lighthouse

Sombrero Key Lighthouse, Florida Keys NMS; Photo: Brenda Altmeier/NOAA