I have never seen a lighthouse up-close before, so after having a downright awful week, Nick took me out on a special sunny day. We arrived in the afternoon, and stayed a few hours before closing time at 5pm. Entrance to the national park is $5 per car and one ticket is good for one full week. We were amazed! The views are breath-taking and the museums are adorable. We learned a lot about how lighthouses work, the history of the city, and the military stationed there.
The inside of the lighthouse has a narrow, spiraling staircase to the very top where visitors could take a peek into the old rooms of the people who lived there. All of the rooms are separated with glass doors, stopping you from roaming inside, with many messy fingers on the glass. There were two floors with a living room, kitchen, parent's bedroom, kid's bedroom, and linen closet. At the very top is a tower overlooking the ocean.
We were able to take a stunning panorama of the city of San Diego while we were there. This shot includes a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean, Coronado beach, and the skyline of San Diego. Lots of white sailboats were cruising around the water, too. We were so high-up and so far-away that the skyline looks tiny! It was so unreal! But this spot makes it perfect to watch all of the fireworks in the city on Fourth of July.
We had a great time snapping photos and enjoying the view. It's nice to be a tourist in your own city and visit places you've never been to before. I cannot wait for us to go back and visit the tidepools!