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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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Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Iconic lighthouse

How can you pass it up? We walked to the top..it is the tallest lighthouse in the U.S. and worth the climb. There is a fee, however, it is a great way to support the Park... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Lacey, Washington
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Lacey, Washington
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93 reviews 93 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

How can you pass it up? We walked to the top..it is the tallest lighthouse in the U.S. and worth the climb. There is a fee, however, it is a great way to support the Park Service and especially this lighthouse. What makes this lighthouse extra special is the engineering feat that it was moved from it's original site to... More 

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Montana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Our last visit was 23 yrs. ago. Like the Alamo in TX, the lighthouse was moved. But a truly worthwhile visit.

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Dallas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Well worth the stop for anyone in the area. A great deal of information about how the lighthouse was moved to its present location.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

As with almost all national park facilities, it's an experience to treasure. Quite a hike to the top, 280 something steps would be very challenging on a hot day. We came back after dark to see the light. It's an experience to see the shaft of light piercing far into the darkness.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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356 reviews 356 reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Museum full of history. The lighthouse Climb is steps but landings along the way. Learned a lot about erosion and protection of the lands for the oldest lighthouse in North America

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Calera, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful lighthouse, great history museum of the lighthouse, the outer banks area, the shipping history, the world war 2 history of the NC coast. The moving of the lighthouse was especially interesting.

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GREER SC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Beautiful once you get to top. But beware, there are a lot of steps and it's narrow. $8 per adult and I think it was $5 for kids, not sure.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There is some interesting information, good history, esp. if you like lighthouses and museums. The trip to the top is a bit pricey in my opinion, but our two kids that made the trip enjoyed it. The park staff are friendly and informative.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Loved seeing the lighthouse and learning about the history of the building and area around it. Great photography location, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Cape Hatteras lighthouse is an amazing place to visit. Make sure and pay the $8 to climb to the top. Its a great leg workout, and the view is DEFINITELY worth it. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon there. The park rangers were friendly and helpful, and proved incredibly knowledgeable about the lighthouse and its history.

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