Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton

A life-saving piece of engineering, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects sailors from what's been nicknamed "The Graveyard of the Atlantic." The lighthouse rises 64 m (210 ft), making it the tallest lighthouse in the world. Start exploring across from the lighthouse at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea, where you'll discover the history and legend of the lighthouse. Here you'll also find information about Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Buxton using our trip planner.
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  • With 257 steps this lighthouse provides a great workout. There are several landings up to the top allowing little breaks for those who choose to take their time. Great view at the top and a ranger to ...  more »
  • We visited here during our Nags Head trip. It had just opened for the season and we went on a great day. Warm, clear, just right. The tickets to climb were $4 seniors, $8 adults and maybe $6 for kids....  more »
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  • Really good place to visit. It's well taken care of, and it's the tallest all brick lighthouse in America. The crew quarters have been restored and turned into a museum. The lighthouse is in great shape. During season, you can walk to the 240+ steps that's equivalent to walking up a 12 story building.
  • Larger than life amazing lighthouse to see. Came during off season so it wasn’t crowded or hot. Keepers house was informative and a great little gift shop for items you won’t find out in town. Would recommend this as your must see stop of lighthouse tours!

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