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9 incredible U.S. lighthouses to visit

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Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota

Situated on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, the Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the westernmost of the Great Lakes' beacons. A relatively young lighthouse, Split Rock celebrated its centennial in 2010. The real reason to visit this landmark is the rugged scenery that characterizes this remote part of the Lake Superior shoreline. Visitors can enjoy a stunning panorama from the top of the lighthouse.

Onsite exhibits tell the story of the lake's violent weather and the shipwrecks that led to the lighthouse being built. People who find themselves entranced by the rocky beauty of the coastline here can travel along the so-called North Shore, which spans from northern Minnesota up to western Ontario.