The Society's Michigan tour was able to gain access to the Granite Island Lighthouse which is not normally open to the public. The local paper, "The Mining Journal" did a nice story about it.
The United States Lighthouse Society presents
2016 Tour Preview
APRIL: HAWAI’I “Plus”
Aloha! Imagine trading your winter woolies and wellies for tropical breezes, sand, and sun! We begin in Honolulu with guided tours of Oahu and a special trip to Molokai. Next, we board our cruise ship for seven days of exploring this island lush paradise. Join us for this relaxing tour that combines a cruise ship vacation with our own private lighthouse excursions!
MARCH: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Our Southern California tour blends lighthouses, beautiful coastlines, and colorful history. Travel north from San Diego to several iconic destinations including famed Cabrillo National Monument, Pt. Fermin, Pt. Conception, and more. Missions, beaches, castles, and maybe a few migrating whales offer breathtaking imagery, photo opportunities, and magical memories.
APRIL: SOUTHERN FRANCE & CORSICA
Our newest tour offering features the exotic coastline of Southern France, plus our firstever trip to the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Drenched in culture and romance, this isle is at the confluence of French and Roman history. Its rugged granite landscape is punctuated with pine forests, lakes, and scenic harbors, as well as some very special lighthouses!
MAY: EXTREME ALASKA
Join fellow lighthouse explorers for this small group “extreme” lighthouse tour to Southeast Alaska. Using a combination of boats and planes, we will access some of the most remote lighthouses in the country. Along the way we’ll see 11 Alaska lighthouses, explore scenic coastal destinations, view Alaska marine life and calving tidewater glaciers, learn about Alaska native culture, visit historic Alaska towns, and much, much more. This is sure to be a trip of a lifetime! Space is limited!
JUNE: CONNECTICUT & RHODE ISLAND
The small states of Connecticut and Rhode Island are home to a large number of lighthouses of all types and sizes, many of which are difficult to access from land. To overcome this, we have designed this tour to include several cruises that will allow you to obtain some wonderful view of these lighthouses. In addition, we’ll visit history-rich towns such as Providence and Mystic Seaport. No tour has offered such a complete look at the lighthouses of these two New England States.
JULY: WALES & THE ISLE OF MAN
Surrounded on three sides by water, the coastlines of Wales are rugged, scenic, and home to some of the best known lighthouses in the United Kingdom. Returning to this historic country for the first time in eight years, the Society's tour begins and ends in Bristol, England. Our journey will require coaches, boats, railroads, and funiculars in order to explore the lighthouses of Wales, Cladey Island, Isle of Anglesey, Calf of Man, and the Isle of Man. In addition to the lighthouses “goleudy” we will have plenty of time at museums, monasteries, and castles where the history and culture of Wales and its islands “ynys” will come alive.
AUGUST: PUGET SOUND “PLUS”
Come visit the USLHS Headquarters at the Point No Point Lighthouse, as well as several other lighthouses in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in Seattle, this tour includes Puget Sound lighthouses, a visit to the picturesque San Juan Islands and Lime Kiln Point, where we hope to spot Orca whales. Then, there is the “plus” part– a loop around the Olympic Peninsula to view Cape Flattery, the majestic Hoh Rainforest and several Pacific Coast lighthouses. August is the time of year to enjoy warm, sunny days and the natural beauty of this corner of the country.
SEPTEMBER: LAKE ONTARIO CIRCLE
Come join us on the Society’s popular Lake Ontario Circle Tour as we visit 40 lighthouses around Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region in both the United States and Canada. Beginning and ending in Buffalo our lighthouse journeys will be augmented by a night at magnificent Niagara Falls and a free day to explore the exciting city of Toronto, known as “New York City of Canada.”
OCTOBER: NEW BRUNSWICK
Get ready for adventure on this tour of Grand Manan Island, St. John’s, and the Bay of Fundy, areas known for their inspiring beauty, wildlife, and maritime culture. Lighthouses are essential to the lobster and fishermen of the area due to the treacherous shoals, huge tidal action, and temperamental weather. Experience this “East of Ordinary” region with its abundant wildlife from puffins to whales, and revel in the colorful burst of fall foliage, all in the company of your fellow wickies!
DECEMBER: NORWAY AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Norway’s strong maritime traditions, coupled with a lengthy, rocky shoreline, have led to the construction of a vast array of “fyr”-Norwegian for “fire”- as the lighthouses are called. Beginning in Oslo, we journey by coach southwest along the peninsula viewing North Sea lighthouses before arriving in Bergen. Here, we board our ship and sail northward to Kierknes, above the Arctic Circle, viewing myriad lighthouses, fjords, and small villages along the coastline. Traveling in early December affords views of the untamed, wild Norway and the opportunity to “Hunt the Light,” - the spectacular Aurora Borealis. We cap off our journey with a stay in the unique Ice Hotel, creating a truly memorable adventure of a lifetime. This one has it all: wildlife, culture, spectacular scenery, and lighthouses!