Imagine carrying buckets of kerosene up 129 circular steps to the top of the lighthouse on St. Simons Island, Georgia. That’s what the keeper had to do when the lighthouse opened in 1872. Today, the completely automated lighthouse still serves as a navigation aid along Georgia’s Golden Isle coast with a beam that can be seen 23 miles out to sea. The St. Simons Island Lighthouse has five landings so visitors have plenty of rest stops as they walk to the top. The climb is definitely worth the panoramic view of the island, especially if freighters and other vessels are passing. Be sure to listen for the three-horn salute from captains thanking the lighthouse for their safe passage. After your descent, catch your breath inside the Museum, which occupies the keeper’s original dwelling.