The view from this lighthouse—of the harbor, the sandbars, and the ocean beyond—justifies the crowds. The lighthouse is especially dramatic on a foggy night, as the beacon's light pierces the mist. Coin-operated telescopes allow a close look at the famous "Chatham Break," the result of a fierce 1987 nor'easter that blasted a channel through a barrier beach just off the coast. The U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary, which supervises the lighthouse, offers free tours April to
October on most Wednesdays; otherwise, the interior is off-limits. There is free parking in front of the lighthouse, and the 30-minute time limit is closely monitored.
Main St., near Bridge St., Chatham, Massachusetts, 02633, United States