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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
252-995-4474
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Description: The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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Swan Point, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The views from the top are worth the climb if you are physically able. The tour is informative and enjoyable. The fee for adults is eight dollars.

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Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Nice museum. Picnic areas nearby. Photogenic surroundings. Try to photograph at different times of the day.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We stayed on the north end of the Outer Banks, so it took us over an hour to get to the lighthouse. However, it was well worth the trip. The lighthouse is beautiful, and it was amazing to hear its history. We went on a free tour/talk prior to climbing and learned a lot about the changes that have taken... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great informative visitor center very helpfull staff. The history of the lighthouse is incredible. The lighthouse it's self is beautiful to look at. Make sure you take the time to do the climb!! Great views from the top!

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Midland, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The lighthouse is awesome, majestic and humbling. A must see when in area. Volunteer Rangers are informative and friendly. Have been visiting for 40 years...disappointed that now there is a fee to climb the lighthouse. At $8 per person, it was a bit costly for our family. Nice water bottle refill station.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is visible for miles and stands taller than the other lighthouses in the Outer Banks, in fact, it's the world's second tallest lighthouse. It is located in the heart of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. This lighthouse has been moved from it original place to save it from erosion. It's black and white spiral pattern is amazing.... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great beach area with wonderful waves and surf. Always love visiting the area, and this time we stayed 4 days only .5 miles away. We will visit again.

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Lexington TN
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Loved it; was all I expected & more! I am a huge lighthouse lover though; very informative & the climb is excellent! Love the junior ranger program and observing the kids & their excitement about being a junior ranger! Awesome experience!!

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Hendersonville, NC
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Such a fun experience. Don't be worried about the small space - it really isn't that small or daunted by the number of stairs - there are stops along the way. We went early in the morning before the crowds arrived and were one of the first people up the light. Because it was early there were fewer people and... More

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Bozeman, Montana, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you can do it, sign up for the full moon lighthouse climb. It does not disappoint. The ocean is gorgeous under the full moon and the lighthouse is eerily back a century in time during then night by headlamp. Wear comfortable shoes even though it might be hot, wear a long sleeve shirt and lightweight pants. The mosquitos are... More

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