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Explore the New Massachusetts Lighthouse Trail

by Holly Riddle

Sep 22, 2022

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Trends / Adventure

There are beer trails, wine trails, music trails and history trails, but now Massachusetts is introducing its first lighthouse trail. The Massachusetts Lighthouse Trail launched last month and includes nearly two dozen different lighthouses all over the state’s coastline, from Cape Ann to Nantucket.


Notable lighthouses on the trail include Boston Light, the oldest continually used lighthouse in the United States, originally built in 1716; Brant Point Lighthouse, the second-oldest lighthouse in the United States; and Thacher Island Twin Lights, built in 1771. The trail also brings attention to lighthouse- and maritime-related sites travelers might also be interested in visiting, such as Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. The trail likewise suggests tours if travelers would like to see the lighthouses with the help of a local guide.


“Massachusetts is home to the first lighthouse site in the United States, and now home to over 45 lighthouses,” said Keiko Matsudo Orrall, executive director, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “Both locals and visitors are sure to be enchanted by these breathtaking beacons as they journey along our scenic coast and islands. From Cape Ann to Cape Cod, our Lighthouse Trail encourages travelers to explore coastal communities and the maritime history of the Bay State.”


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