What is it about lighthouses? The romance of the sea? A welcoming beacon signaling safe harbor? A cautionary beacon warning of dangerous land?
Highland Light in North Truro on Cape Cod is easily accessible in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Unlike Race Point Light, Wood End Light, or Long Point Light, when visiting Highland Light, one can drive right up almost to the front door. No stumbling around in the sand when you leave after dark.
Highland Light is the oldest and tallest on Cape Cod. The original wood version was authorized by George Washington in 1797. In summer months, for a few dollars, it is possible to climb the stairs up to the top......
....and see the view and the actual light itself.
We arrived for sunset but, alas, the existing sky was a bit flat and mostly overcast so I modified it in post-processing to this freakishly apocalyptic version.
Back to "normal" view, here is the perspective toward the west and the mostly hidden sunset......
.....and the eastward view. Pretty spot - and my shoes stayed dry the whole time. The grounds are open year-around.