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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
252-995-4474
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Ranked #1 of 8 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This instantly recognizable signal light was relocated from its original position due to shifting sands and can now be found nearby in a lovely National Parks visitor complex with book store, interpretive pavilion and some of the cleanest public restrooms I've ever encountered. Admission is free, although there is a charge to climb the tower when it's open. With its... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Wow is all I can say about this lighthouse. It has been amazingly taken care of and preserved. Great place to see America's tallest lighthouse.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We always make a point to visit every time we are in the Outer Banks! Absolutely beautiful! Love visiting the museum.

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Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great visit, walked up to the top of the lighthouse. Seeing the path they used to move the lighthouse to its new location was cool. Be sure to visit take the kids to the Visitor Center to learn about becoming a Jr Park Ranger.

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Park rangers do an excellent job offering history of this lighthouse, including reasons it was moved, and guidance to the original location. Since one of my relatives was the engineer charged with moving the structure, it was especially interesting to me. Family walked up the lighthouse steps and I got some great photos. There is no fee for visiting the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the famous, most photographed symbol of North Carolina located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks in the town of Buxton . This seashore’s nickname is the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Because of its shifting sandbars; a large amount of ship ran aground. So, to build a proper lighthouse was an absolute necessity. It was constructed in... More

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Elon College, North Carolina, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great place to visit, nice beach area to spend the day, for a small fee you can walk up to the top of the lighthouse (it helps to be in shape) and park ranger tells the history of the lighthouse.

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Tennessee
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164 reviews 164 reviews
73 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

To get your tickets you have to buy them in person but you can buy them in person 3 days a head of time but who whats to drive way out here to buy them and then come back. You never know if it is sold out. We got here very early before they opened but there was already a... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Good place to stop and visit, well maintained, clean. Well attended also. Some good beaches in the area.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Totally worth the climb up to the top of America's tallest light house. Must see! I believe its around 250 stairs to climb up to the top.

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