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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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Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You can get your beach pass and take amazing pics all in in one spot. The beach access here is LONG...L-O-N-G....so if you want to get some wave action, highly recommend paying the money for the pass and getting on the beach with your 4x4. The pics to be made and shared here at the site are worthy memories!

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Trinidad, West Indies
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14 reviews 14 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our previous lights visits on the OBX the lighthouses we visited were not open to climb, so two of the family were thrilled when this one was, and enjoyed it very much. The climbs were well organized, too, in groups, with a rangers lecture first. There's also a good museum, nice shop, bathrooms. One more to 'collect', and then we... More

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Logan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Absolutely lovely from the outside but you haven't seen Hatteras until you have climbed to the top of its light house and have seen the amazing view! There are two museum like buildings on the same property. One of which is the original light house keepers home. The people on the tour are so kind and informative. The pictures in... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The lighthouse is beautiful! The wait to climb long, so we skipped that part! The museum was a nice/quick stop, with interesting information (And wonderful air conditioning on a very warm/muggy day!). Another OBX site that did not disappoint!

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

For a small fee you can climb to the top of this lighthouse which sets it apart from all the other lighthouses we viewed while on the outer banks. I highly recommend giving this a try. My seven year old nephew loved the experience and the reward is a view you wont soon forget. The area has a gift shop... More

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