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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
Phone Number: 252-995-4474
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The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to...

The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.

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Beautiful and historic

Don't make the mistake of missing the gift shop. There was a great helpful sales woman (can't remember her name maybe Shawn) who gave us some historical info and made us go past... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Okatie, South Carolina
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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

very nice in the off season; could really see lots of people and traffic issues during high peak travel periods.

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Okatie, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't make the mistake of missing the gift shop. There was a great helpful sales woman (can't remember her name maybe Shawn) who gave us some historical info and made us go past the view to the stories behind the lighthouse and the keepers. A great stop!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove down from Nags Head it is an hour ride, but worth it. Unfortunately the light house is closed for the winter. Opens in the spring. But you can walk around the grounds see the light keeper's house. It's a pretty place. The lady in the store is very friendly and tells you about the area.

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a difficult climb, and scary to stand at the top, but the view from the top of the lighthouse is absolutely amazing. There are also cool exhibits to see and a nice gift shop. It's well worth it to be able to say you made it to the top of this iconic lighthouse!

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Austin, Texas
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see if you are near Hatteras Island! Be sure to climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views. The most beautiful lighthouse in all of the Outer Banks.

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Thank Sarah L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Certainly worth a drive to visit if you are in the Outer Banks. The lighthouse is wonderful with a fantastic view. The trek to the top is not bad and the timed groupings of people helps keep the stairs and top from being overly crowded. The history is fascinating and the museum has some intriguing displays as well. The gift... More 

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Thank Mike18062
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While on vacation in the Outer Banks, my wife and I visited the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The park Rangers were very friendly and very knowledgeable on the history of not just the Hatteras Lighthouse, but the entire Cape.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great visit, we have been here before, but since we were in the area we wanted to stop in for a return visit. Didn't climb it this trip, but we did back in 2000. The gift shop is very informative and the employees were friendly and helpful. Beautiful area.

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Grovetown, Georgia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful structure. great video on how the lighthouse was moved from the original spot to save it from the ocean. lots of stairs but once you reach the top the view is breathtaking

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The trip would have been a lot better if everything was open. The gift shop was the only thing open and you still can learn a little bit about the lighthouse move. Everything else was beautiful and the park was very clean.

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