- Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: This iconic lighthouse has blue and white candy-cane stripes. While it looks beautiful, its iconic reputation comes from its incredible height. At 198.49 feet, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. If you’re up to the challenge, take the climbing tour and ascend 12 stories — 248 spiral stairs in all.
- Bodie Island Lighthouse: The Bodie Island Lighthouse hasn’t had an easy road. The first version was built by a novice, and it began leaning two years later. After tearing that one down, they rebuilt a much better (and more stable) lighthouse to replace it, but the Confederate soldiers blew it up during the Civil War so the Union troops couldn’t use it. Finally a new one was built in 1872 — and it’s still here. Learn more about this lighthouse by taking a tour.
- Ocracoke Lighthouse: Ocracoke Lighthouse first shined its light in 1795. Built on one of the busiest inlets on the entire East Coast, it safely guided ships to shore for over 20 years. However, as time passed, the channel migrated, rendering the lighthouse useless. Shortly thereafter the lighthouse was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. In 1823 the new Ocracoke Lighthouse was built a few miles away, and this one fared much better than the first. It’s still in operation and has guided countless ships to shore safely. It’s also the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the nation. While visitors can’t climb to the top, many stop by to see it.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore are breathtakingly beautiful. While you’re here make sure to visit the lighthouses. Below are three lovely beacons in and near Cape Hatteras:The Cape Hatteras lighthouses will light up your vacation in an unforgettable way. Whether you’re a photographer, a history buff, or an adventurer, these lighthouses are a highlight of any North Carolina vacation. The beaches of