RV Camping to America’s Lighthouses

Cape Cod Lighthouse

Cape Cod Lighthouse

The beauty and historical importance of America’s lighthouses has helped preserve them as fascinating tourist destinations. What better way to see the “great lights” than by camping nearby in a scenic campground? We’d like to make your trip planning easier, so we’ve gathered information on some favorite US lighthouses for our blog readers.

Lighthouses on Rhode Island’s Block Island
Twelve miles off the rocky coast of Rhode Island, two picturesque Block Island lighthouses once warned ships of approaching obstacles. Both the Southeast Light and the North Light will fascinate nautical history buffs. Block Island offers campers days of sightseeing and it’s accessible from several attractive RV campgrounds by high speed or traditional ferry.

Lighthouses of Cape Cod
The rocky Massachusetts coast line made lighthouses a necessity during the days of the clipper ships. Cape Cod is home to almost a dozen lights, some privately owned and some open to the public. Nobska Point Lighthouse, Racepoint Light and Chatham Light are just a few that can be toured, but pay attention to how each can be accessed! Some of the more remote lights can only be reached by ferry or by hiking long stretches of beach.

Why not plan an extended vacation, to enjoy the entire Cape Cod experience? Bay View Campgrounds in Bourne, MA is perfectly situated to allow easy access to all the attractions, and you won’t believe the amenities!

And don’t forget the Islands off the coast of Cape Cod. Martha’s Vineyard has 5 lighthouses and Nantucket has 3. Both islands are accessible by ferry. There is no camping on Nantucket, but there is the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground on Martha’s Vineyard.

Heceta Head Lighthouse – Yachats, Oregon
The Oregon coast is fabulous all by itself, but add in a wonderfully historic lighthouse and you’ve got a dream vacation in store! Heceta Head Lighthouse is perched high on a cliff in a state park by the same name, just off Highway 101. Sea Perch RV Resort in nearby Yachats offers spectacular ocean views and beachside RV campsites.

Yaquina Head Lighthouses – Newport, Oregon
Drive north on Highway 101 from Yachats to Newport’s two Yaquina lighthouses. Yaquina Bay Light is unique, built with a residence below. Beautiful Yaquina Head Light, built in 1872, is Oregon’s oldest lighthouse. Sawyer’s Landing Marina and RV Park is located right on Yaquina Bay and allows RV campers unforgettable views!

St. Augustine Light – Florida
Guarding one of the oldest ports in America, the St. Augustine Light is a wonderful place to learn about maritime history. A local historic preservation society adopted the light and developed it into a working light and historic center. North Beach Camp RV Resort, located between the North River and the Atlantic, is the perfect place to set up camp during your stay.

There are dozens more lighthouses along America’s coastlines, lakes and rivers. The American Lighthouse Foundation has terrific ideas for lighthouse tours on their website, if you’d like to learn more.

To find out where you can rent an RV near your destination, check out our website. We have more than fifty locations ready to serve, so book your RV rental and lighthouse tours and get ready to step back into America’s maritime history.


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