If you want to visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse just north of San Francisco, you’ll have to put off your plans for a couple of months.
Starting this week, the 1870 lighthouse (in featured photo at top) on Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed as the National Park Service embarks on a large restoration project of it. Restoration work is scheduled to end Oct. 5.
The restoration, which includes paint, fixing crumbling walls and replacing cracked glass, will cost about $5 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Workers also must make the area accessible to disabled visitors, which means adding three steps to the 308-step staircase down to the lighthouse, it said.
The U.S. Coast Guard stopped using the lighthouse in 1975 when an automated light was installed below it. You can read more about the history of the lighthouse on the National Park Service’s website.
Fun fact: The lighthouse starred in 1980 cult-classic movie The Fog as the home of radio station KAB 1340.
During the closure, you can visit the Point Bonita Lighthouse, which is in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area 11 miles (35 minutes) north of San Francisco. The 1885 lighthouse is still used today, so it’s open for only three hours a day on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, read the blog post I wrote about the Point Bonita Lighthouse in April.
At Point Bonita, visitors must walk through a hand-hewn tunnel and cross a suspension bridge to reach the lighthouse, which sits at the tip of the Marin Headlands jutting into the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular coastal views and seeing nature at its wildest and windiest best.