Standing tall over Cape Hatteras, this 198.5-foot lighthouse is open for climbing between late April and mid-October. The climb is 257 steps, equivalent to a 12-story building. Climbers must be at least 42 inches tall. The Museum of the Sea in the keepers quarters is open year round.
Address: 46368 Lighthouse Dr., Buxton
Hours: Climbing third Friday in April to Columbus Day, daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors center open year round.
Cost: $8 adults; $4 seniors (62 and older) and children (11 and younger)