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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Visiting Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the United States. It's located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The lighthouse is part of  Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is the tallest brick structure lighthouse in the United States.

The National Park Service operates the park, lighthouse, museum and visitor's center. You'll want to start your visit at the visitor's center where you'll learn more about the park, the island and the lighthouse. You'll find on-site ranger programs and a bookstore. The museum features many maritime exhibits and natural history of the island.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina

Originally there were two towers with only the second tower remaining. The second tower was constructed in 1870 and was automated in 1950. Like the majority of lighthouses around the world its conical in shape and made of brick. It stands 210 feet tall. The light can be seen for 24 nautical miles, flashing white every 7.5 seconds.

Looking to climb the steps and tour the lighthouse? It's open to the public from April through early October to visitors, weather permitting. Admission for the tour and climb ranges from $4.00 to $8.00 depending on age. You'll want to check out the National Park Service website for up-to-date information before planning your visit.

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