One of the highlights of visiting Cabrillo National Monument is enjoying the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Located on the cliffs of Pt. Loma, the lighthouse stands 400 feet above the entrance to San Diego Harbor. It was built in the mid-1850s, but only remained in service for 37 years. The cliffs were too frequently shrouded in low clouds or fog and a new lighthouse had to be built closer to sea level almost directly below the OPLL on the west side of the peninsula. Today the lighthouse serves as a museum that welcomes visitors daily. It is still the highest elevation of any American lighthouse and its beauty rivals many of the classic New England lighthouses. These photos were taken on April 15, 2013.

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