06/30/2011 08:52 am ET Updated Aug 30, 2011

World's Prettiest Lighthouses (PHOTOS)

Strikingly tall structures perched on rough windswept coastlines hearkening back to an earlier seafaring time in history, lighthouses are a constant source of fascination for travelers.

Some are shuttered and crumbling, others are still in full-time operation and some are open to the public and climbable, so you can experience the vantage of a lighthouse keeper yourself.

Several historic lighthouses have been converted to hotels as well, so you can voluntarily become a light sleeper (so to speak).

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