08/16/2013 11:32 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2013

Beautiful Lighthouses in America (PHOTOS)

Shrouded in fog and booby-trapped by rocks hiding in the shallows, Maine's Portland Harbor is treacherous. Since 1791, the shining beacon of the Portland Head Light has been warning sailors of this dangerous approach.

The Portland Head Light, a local landmark, is just one of the notable picturesque lighthouses that have guarded America's coastlines for centuries. A look through these beautiful lighthouse photos--submitted by Travel + Leisure community members--will inspire you to head to America's coasts.

See for yourself by checking out these beautiful lighthouse photos. --Lyndsey Matthews

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Beautiful Lighthouses in America (PHOTOS)