cape hatteras lighthouse

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

Phone: 252-473-2111

Website: nps.gov/caha

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)

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