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Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Harkers Island

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The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot high lighthouse located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It flashes every 15 seconds and is visible at least 12 miles out to sea and up to 19 miles. The Cape Lookout Light is one of the very few lighthouses that operate during the day. It became fully automated in 1950. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the only such structure in the United States to bear the checkered daymark, intended not only for differentiation between similar light towers, but also to show direction. The center of the black diamonds points in a north-south direction, while the center of the white diamonds points east-west.
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  • Great experience to climb the lighthouse!! The employees are very professional and knowledgeable! A must see attraction while on the coast.  more »
  • Definitely a "happy place" for me. It's peaceful and scenic. We came by boat and parked close to the lighthouse beach with an anchor on front and back. We brought a picnic and rafts and fishing gear a...  more »
  • The ferry to and from the lighthouse itself was worth the drive. Going to the Lighthouse we had the large catamaran ferry. This was smooth sailing all the way...while seeing numerous sailboats and pri...  more »
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  • Island express ferry service is very knowledgeable in the history of the islands. I definitely recommend doing the 4 hour trip. Captain Tom is a great guide.
  • The lighthouse was incredible to look at from the outside. The island was amazing. I wish the lighthouse were open to the public when I was there but they were only letting a couple school groups use it.
  • Grab the Ferry and bring your beach chair. Didn't want to leave the beach when our time was up for our return
  • this experience was amazing! I'll go there every summer now.
  • loved it its worth the drive

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