Point Montara Light Station is historic as well as beautiful. Perched along the rugged California coastline since 1875, the lighthouse along with all the surrounding buildings sit beautifully restored and preserved and now serve as a youth hostel.
I drove down one afternoon with my dog and we had a blast - it couldn't have been more beautiful.
Stop by the office when you arrive and sign-in. Then wander around the property. Take photos, enjoy the views, and try to get there just a little before sunset to see the lighthouse in a whole new light.