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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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My husband and I bought tickets to go up the lighthouse. I was so disappointed when the weather in the area cut our tour short. Everyone associated with the park service was top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Amory, Mississippi
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Amory, Mississippi
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67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I bought tickets to go up the lighthouse. I was so disappointed when the weather in the area cut our tour short. Everyone associated with the park service was top notch and I feel like the tickets we bought went to help preserve the lighthouse even if we didn't make it to the top. The photo ops... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a great experience...so much history here, and the new center with all the information about the relocation and everything involved is great.

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Charles City, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My wife and decided to drive down while staying in Kitty Hawk. It was a beautiful day and when we got there it wasn't at all crowded. It was well worth the admission fee. The ranger talk at the entrance was fascinating. Also the guides in the lighthouse were very informative. Wear comfortable shoes and bring some water. It's a... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There is so much to take in here, and it's a beautiful place to visit! The ocean views are amazing, and the history is awe-inspiring! This stop offers much to learn about the history of our nation and the area. The grounds are beautiful and spacious. Play at the beach, climb to the top of the lighthouse, find a good... More 

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

So glad we visited the light house. The history and knowledge of the guides taught us so much about the history of the island. The views from the top are just breath taking. Be cautious, as with any lighthouse the steps are narrow and it is hot depending on the time of year. We visited in August 2013 but I'm... More 

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Horseheads, New York
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to stop, a lot of steps to the top but well worth the effort for the view. Also has multiple beach access points, historical information about the site and camping. The shelling along the southern facing portion of the cape was GREAT

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Not for the out of shape or the faint of heart. This one is REALLY tall and the humidity really builds up the big groups inside. But I love lighthouses. Photographing them, learning about them, and climbing them. This one is wonderful. The guides are pleasant and the view from the top is superb. It was a bit more crowded... More 

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Lighthouse is located at the Diamond Shoals overlooking the Graveyard of the Atlantic (well over 600 shipwrecks) close to where the Civil War Union Ship USS Monitor rest. The ride down the Hatteras islands involved two bridges and 57 miles (we were staying at Kill Devil). All along the way, there are thousands of rental units available along with... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful lighthouse with staircase to the lookout above. Great history and location. Easy to get to, plenty of parking unlike some of the other NC lighthouses on the Outer Banks.

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Sterling, Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited on a cloudy, windy and lightly raining day... be forewarned that they do not allow you up to the top if (1) wind speeds are over 35mph on the top deck and/or (2) if there is visible lighting or thunder in the area. We had to come back later in the day in order to climb to the... More 

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