Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton

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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. Use our Buxton tourist route planner to add Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and other attractions to your Buxton vacation plans.
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  • If you get the chance definitely worth the climb to the top but make sure to bring a camera. Alot of cool history in the museums and very knowledgeable rangers to answer questions.  more »
  • Going to the lighthouse in November was new experience for us!! on top of that, we were able to met a local author of a children's book whose wife was the illustrator!! Getting a personally signed cop...  more »
  • The picture I took is a postcard. It's beautiful! You can't leave the Outer Banks without a visit here.  more »
  • Here's an opportunity to do an excellent climb at sea level. 257 steps to the top inside of one of the largest brick lighthouses in the country. The view from the top is spectacular offering an amazing vista. From the top you can see into the depth of the water in the ocean as the water here is usually very clear. Nearby there is a NPS campground offering inexpensive camping.
  • This stately structure stands in tall contrast to the island's lowlands. Definitely worth a visit, check out the museum in the white houses nearby. No National Parks pass needed to access the property. It will still cost $8 a person to climb to the top.
  • A great place to visit if you have a little spare time. We only climbed up, took in the views and spotted our vacation house and walked back down. 257 simple steps to get a great view of the area!
  • Beautiful view. Get there early to get your tickets so you don't have to stand around all day. They try to move people through as quickly as possible.
  • I loved coming to see the light house. I can't climb the steps, so they let me look up inside the light house. I went down the little boardwalk that went to the inlet and enjoyed watching the blue crabs in the water!