Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Hatteras Island

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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. Plan my trip to Hatteras Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • One of the four OBX lighthouses. Great place to stop for a little while. Ranger gave very educational and interesting talk…. 
    One of the four OBX lighthouses. Great place to stop for a little while. Ranger gave very educational and interesting talk….  more »
  • Loved visiting all the lighthouses. All very well kept. Not crowded on a weekday. Couldn't climb to the top, because it was closed. 
    Loved visiting all the lighthouses. All very well kept. Not crowded on a weekday. Couldn't climb to the top, because it was closed.  more »
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  • If you're looking for something else to do on the islands besides just chill on the beach with a cooler beer the nearby lighthouses are one of the go-to events. We ended up visiting three lighthouses in the area and enjoyed learning about the history of the islands, the origin of the lighthouses in the area, and how they serve to help protect the maritime traffic in the area over the years. It's also interesting to read about how the islands change and how the lighthouses need to move in order to continue to protect the coastline.
  • This is *the* lighthouse I'd seen in pictures everywhere. Let me be clear: it is still just a lighthouse. Don't go expecting some amusement-park level entertainment. But if you're a fan of museums and a brisk walk, it's a great stop. The walk to the top was still closed (and, as far as I could tell, had been for awhile and would be for quite some time more), but I enjoyed the museum info about WWI and WWII interactions with German submarines and the moving of the lighthouse. The park rangers were present, attentive, helpful, and did a good job of entertaining people with brief activities.

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