Lighthouses are a rare commodity in America, dotting just the periphery of the continent and along the Great Lakes. But in Oregon there are still enough 19th-century lighthouses to count on two hands—almost.

Nine of these romantic structures grace Oregon’s coastline and most are still operating, now with halogen rather than kerosene lamps. They broadcast their beams from Cannon Beach to Port Orford, a stretch of about 250 miles. A weekend outing allows ample time to visit four or five of them, while stopping at other attractions along the way.

About the Author: Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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