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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  • Must-visit for the iconic OBX lighthouse photo opp! Small visitor center with souvenirs; climbing is spring - fall only. Also good to visit the original site of the lighthouse ( it was moved several y...  more »
  • I have been visiting the Outer Banks since I was very young. Only in the past few years have I been coming back as an adult. It is so much fun and feeling of accomplishment to climb the Cape Hatteras ...  more »
  • the reason it's the best one beautiful, nice view, historic, plus has history about moving inland a few years ago, kid friendly, nice walk up, nicely priced admission, cute gift shop, and nice museum ...  more »
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  • In my humble opinion, this is the most beautiful light house of the major light houses on the Outer Banks. The distinctive swirled black and white stripes quickly distinguish it in photos. If you have the stamina, I recommend climbing to the top because the views are phenomenal. There are landings in between the steep flights of winding stairs to allow you to catch your breath and take in the spectacular views. The lighthouse was moved from its original location due to beach erosion. The historic site gives you more information and insight into this gargantuan move.
  • It’s amazing to look upon a historic landmark with that much history. The lighthouse is beautiful. It’s quite a hike to make it to the top, but there are landing spots where you can stop to catch your breath. The stairs are narrow so sometimes you have to stop to let someone come down anyway and that’s a great opportunity to rest for a quick minute. It’s definitely worth climbing to the top. The view is amazing.
  • One of my favorite places in the world. It's absolutely beautiful here. The views from the top are breathtaking and the beach nearby is one of the best I've ever been to. Do yourself a favor, go out to the lighthouse beach at night during New Moon, and you will see more stars than you ever have. It's worth it.
  • This iconic lighthouse is not just an Outer Banks must-visit location, it is a United States must visit location. One of America's most photogenic lighthouses is an isolated, beautiful location. Visitor services are relatively well established, you can get a ticket for a somewhat strenuous climb to the top, and the views are well worth it. Great picnic pavilion down below. The ocean water is warmer in Cape Hatteras that further north OBX locations. Well worth the visit. Highly recommend.
  • “Beautiful... along with cape Hatteras seashore, it gives picture card view..” It is situated at small, beautiful Cape Hatteras island. It has national seashore managed by national park service. Along with shore, it gives such picture card view. It is a tallest brick light house in North America. The color pattern makes it really beautiful. The ticket is $7/adult. The guide gives you useful information before climbing stairs. It has 8 platforms where you can catch your breath. Stairs are wide, unlike Boddie lighthouse where at a time only one person can climb. Here you can climb 268 steps together with your family and friends. From the top, you can have a view of Frisco beach- cape point campground. Climbing was never tough for me and I am not that fit. Visitor center gives you more information how it was built, renovated. Fun fact- it was moved 1500 feet from its original position and it was quite an achievement at that time.

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