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9 incredible U.S. lighthouses to visit

By: Josh Lew on May 23, 2013, 5 p.m.
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Cana Island Lighthouse, Wisconsin

Some of the most impressive lighthouses are not located near the ocean. In fact, people who drive along the shores of the Great Lakes will come across a number of scenic lighthouses, well over 1,000 miles from the nearest salt water. Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, which juts out into Lake Michigan, is home to some very interesting beacons. One of the region's lakeshore headliners is the Cana Island Lighthouse. This well-preserved 89-foot tower sits on a nine acre island that has a well-preserved keeper's residence and great views of the surrounding lake.

Visitors can scale the 97 steps to reach the light, which was once powered by oil drawn from an onsite storage container. One of the best features of the top of the lighthouse tower is an outdoor deck that offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Great Lake's scenery.