Washington Lighthouses to See and Photograph

Washington Lighthouses to See and Photograph

Getaways, Things to Do, Vacation Tips, Washington Select Registry – March 28, 2014

Often times a debate stems from whether or not a photographer should be shooting with a Nikon or a Canon. Which camera is the best value for the money? Which one is compatible with the better quality lenses? Which one has the best combination of megapixels, sensor size, noise reduction, and ISO levels? The conversation can go on for hours with brand loyalists refusing to back down. Fortunately, there is no debate regarding the magnificence of the many Washington lighthouses. That means you can bring whatever camera you want and still be in awe while you are taking your photos. Here are a few that we think you should check out next time you visit The Evergreen State.


Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and North Head Lighthouse
Both the Cape Disappointment and North Head Lighthouses are located at Cape Disappointment State Park. Unlike the name suggests, you will not be upset when you visit. The lighthouses are just over two miles apart, so this is an ideal location to get the most out of your trip.

New Dungeness Lighthouse
Located at the tip of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Sequim, WA, the New Dungeness Lighthouse has been beaming its light since 1857. This lighthouse helps vessels traveling along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Point Wilson Lighthouse
The Point Wilson Lighthouse is the tallest on Puget Sound, standing at 51 feet tall. This lighthouse is located at the edge of Fort Worden State Park and shines across the Salish Sea and the tip of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

West Point Lighthouse
On the outskirts of downtown Seattle, West Point Lighthouse is less than seven miles from the city’s iconic Space Needle. It has also been called the Discovery Park Lighthouse and signifies the north end of Elliott Bay on the Puget Sound.

Mukilteo Lighthouse
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park is located about 25 miles north of downtown Seattle but is still an easy drive to the city. You can go to the park to fish or see some seals while you take photos of the lighthouse. Such a big attraction in the city, the lighthouse is the centerpiece for the annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival over Labor Day weekend.


Whichever of the Washington lighthouses you decide to capture, there is a Washington Inn near the water for you to go back to and process your photos. Not only will you be able to work, but you will also be able to experience the luxury that accounts for the Select Registry Difference.

One of the places you could stay is the Shelburne Inn & China Beach Retreat in Seaview. There are two options on either side of the Puget Sound. On the western side, you can stay at the Willcox House Country Inn in Seabeck, and on the eastern side, you can stay at the Shafer Baillie Mansion in Seattle. Lastly, Colette’s Bed & Breakfast and the George Washington Inn are both great places to stay in Port Angeles.

Photo courtesy Cory Barnes