The Tallest Lighthouse In America Is Right Here In North Carolina And You’ll Want To Climb To The Top

North Carolina’s lighthouses inspire awe as much for their history as for their majestic stature. Standing at 210 feet tall, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the U.S. and has a history that makes the allure of this beacon even more enticing. It’s one of three lights located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and one that’s definitely worth the haul all the way to the top.

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The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is located at 46379 Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, NC 27920. It is open seasonally the third Friday in April through Columbus Day for self-guided climbs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. All climbs are at your own pace and the National Park Service currently allows 30 people into the light every 10 minutes. (Note: this doesn’t mean you only have 10 minutes inside the lighthouse.) When you purchase a ticket, you’ll be given a “climb time” so you can enjoy the grounds while you wait for your time to arrive.

The cost to climb the light is: $8 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), and $4 children (11 and under, and at least 42″ tall), and the disabled. Full moon tours are also available! For more information, see this page on the official website of the National Park Service.

Want to see more lights in the Tar Heel State? Check out this lighthouse road trip on the North Carolina coast.