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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Easley, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the lighthouse on the first day it was open for climbing this year. The climb really isn't bad as there are several landings to rest for those who need it. Great experience for all ages.

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Morrisville, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This lighthouse and the museum accompanying it were fascinating. We especially enjoyed learning about how they moved the lighthouse in 1999.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

She is the second tallest in the world and we'll worth seeing! She has many stories to tell so take a moment to stop and listen. Visit her original site and be in awe of the men who saved her! Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime to see a part of U.S. History!

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Stoneville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

When we went this past weekend the lighthouse climb was not open for the season. However we did this a few years ago and it an interesting experience. You can tour the grounds and visit the museum (lightkeepers house.) There is a giftshop and restrooms on site. You can also view the place where the lighthouse once stood prior to... More

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New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We could not walk up because it was before the "season" but there is an excellent little museum manned by a volunteer who was informative and clearly happy to be there. Nice gift shop. This is well worth a short visit.

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North Lawrence, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Take your bottled water and your stair climbing shoes. Purchase your tickets and climb the Lighthouse. WHAT A VIEW !

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Katy, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very informative & educational. Enjoyed watching the 15 movie since we couldn't climb the lighthouse. It was not open yet for the season.

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Silver Spring, MD
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129 reviews 129 reviews
49 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The lighthouse is a magnificent structure which was painstakingly moved from it's original location about a quarter mile away due to erosion of the coastline. The light house was closed for tours because it was "out of season". There is however a visitors center of exhibits which is staffed by knowledgeable, friendly people to answer any questions that one might... More

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30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had a wonderful drive down to the lighthouse and an even better time while at Hatteras. It was extremely windy and they have not opened it up for climbing at this point in the season but it was still worth it. The drive down from the northern OBX beaches takes you through some nice, quaint towns mixed in with... More

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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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128 reviews 128 reviews
62 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I didn't know the backstory about this lighthouse, just that I had always wanted to see it. While it wasn't open yet for climbing (we came early in the season), we did visit the museum and watched the movie that shows the inside and views from the top as well as the backstory. I used to live in Nantucket and... More

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