The Point Arena Lighthouse is located between Mendocino and Salt Point on the secluded north coast. To get there requires driving many miles along the windy and scenic Highway 1. Seeing that it's the tallest lighthouse on the California Coast where you can actually climb to the top... it's well worth the drive. On the way to the lighthouse on Lighthouse Road are several turnouts offering hugely picturesque shots of the rugged coastline with the lighthouse in the distance. The lighthouse is situated on a headland that also supports the old foghorn building and lightkeepers' cabins. The foghorn building is now a museum and gift shop with several historical artifacts, pictures and the original Fresnel lens. We joined a docent-led lighthouse tour from the gift shop that allowed a group of about 10 at a time to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Admission was only $7.50 for adults and $1.00 for kids. A spiral staircase ascends to the glass room that once housed the Fresnel lense. I have to admit, I was a little dizzy after climbing 11 stories of stairs and ending up in a glass room hovering over a hundred feet above the sea. Then the docent points to a spot not too far away and says, "That's were the San Andreas Fault makes a turn out to sea". Needless to say... it took a few minutes to get the heart rate back in check. But as one could imagine, the views were incredible. After a few facts about the lighthouse, the docent answered questions and then let those who dared go outside the top of the lighthouse. This was a surprise to us. It was cold, windy and too incredible to leave before capturing pictures in every which direction. We've been to quite a few lighthouses along the California Coast and this was by far the most impressive. If you're ever in this region of the north coast, it should not be missed. In addition, the lighthouse keepers' cabins are vacation rentals that would make for a great overnight experience.