A Lighthouse Tour of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Updated on March 5, 2018
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Stephanie, her hubby, and their two cats enjoy living and traveling full time in their RV, often camping off-grid to stretch their budget.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Currituck Beach Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina | Source

If you want to combine a seaside vacation with a unique experience in coastal history, why not plan a lighthouse tour of North Carolina’s lighthouses of the Outer Banks? You will have the opportunity to visit lighthouse keeper’s quarters and small museums, walk the pretty lighthouse grounds and, in some cases, climb to the top of the lighthouses to get fantastic views of the Outer Banks islands.

These beautiful old lighthouses were built to warn mariners of treacherous or shallow waters and guide them to safety. Originally manned by a lighthouse keeper who lived in adjoining quarters with his family, maintaining the lamps and keeping them lit was an important and consuming full-time job.

Early NC Lighthouses From the 1800's

Funded by acts of Congress, the earliest lighthouses in North Carolina were built in the early 1800’s. Fierce storms, lack of funding and even war damage caused many of the lighthouses to fall into disrepair. Some were rebuilt several times, others moved to better locations, still others disappeared altogether. Today the remaining lighthouses are preserved as historic monuments scattered for 200 miles on the barrier islands of the Outer Banks from Corolla to Ocracoke. Although the lighthouses no longer require a lighthouse keeper to manually light the lamps, the beacons still shine out to sea as a friendly light to seagoing vessels.

National Lighthouse Day

On August 7th, 1789, Congress commissioned the first federal lighthouse and designated August 7th as National Lighthouse Day.

Itinerary for a Lighthouse Tour of the Outer Banks

If you are vacationing in the Outer Banks, you can choose to stay in one of the many vacation rental houses, in a campground or in a hotel. By staying between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, you will be able to take day trips to see 5 of the most interesting and beautiful of the North Carolina Lighthouses.Combine your lighthouse visits with shopping in quaint villages, picnics on the beach or swimming in the ocean and you will have the perfect coastal vacation.

Rooster at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse wanders freely around the parking lot and lawns.
Rooster at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse wanders freely around the parking lot and lawns. | Source

First Stop: Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Start at North Carolina’s northern most lighthouse, Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, NC. This lighthouse is a beautifully preserved red brick tower standing 158 feet tall. Built in 1875, this lighthouse boasts a Fresnel lens that is visible for 18 miles. Walk around the pretty grounds while you are here and be sure to walk the wooden walkway through the marsh to get a view of Currituck Sound. While you are sure to want several photographs of the lighthouse, you may also want to snap a few pictures of the beautiful resident roosters and chickens that wander freely wander the grounds and check visitors for handouts.

Visitors who wish to climb to the top of the lighthouse may do so for a $8 admission fee. Children under 7 are admitted free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; ages 13-18 may climb alone with a signed parental waiver. Contact phone number:
(252) 453-4939

As you drive back to your hotel, you may want to stop in Duck for lunch and some shopping at Scarborough Lane Shoppes, a unique collection of shops and restaurants. You can even stop to watch wind surfers on the Currituck Sound. Or you may prefer to take a picnic lunch and your bathing suit and walk out onto the free beach access near the lighthouse. While there are no changing rooms or restrooms at the beach, there are public restrooms near the lighthouse parking area.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse | Source
Elizabeth II, a replica of the sailing vessels that brought the first settlers to Roanoke Island.
Elizabeth II, a replica of the sailing vessels that brought the first settlers to Roanoke Island. | Source

Second Stop: Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is easily accessible along the Manteo waterfront facing the Pamlico Sound and is surrounded by a pleasant park with wooden walkways. Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is modeled after an 1877 screwpile lighthouse that once guided mariners through the narrow channel between Pamlico Sound and Croatan Sound. This lighthouse contains exhibits of Roanoke Island’s maritime history. Admission is free. Hours vary seasonally, but the lighthouse is usually closed on Sunday and Monday. Contact Information:
(252) 475-1750

During your visit to Manteo, you may want to explore some of the quaint shops along the waterfront. Or, you may want to visit Roanoke Island Festival Park, an interactive park featuring the Elizabeth II, a replica of the sailing vessels that brought the first settlers to Roanoke Island in 1585.

Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse | Source
Looking up Bodie Island Lighthouse stairway.
Looking up Bodie Island Lighthouse stairway. | Source

Third Stop: Bodie Island Lighthouse

The original Bodie (pronounced “Body”) Island Lighthouse was built in 1847 on Pea Island. Due to poor construction, it was abandoned 12 years later. The ill-fated lighthouse was blown up by Confederate troops in 1861 just a few years after the second lighthouse was completed. Today, the 3rd Bodie Island Lighthouse stands 150 feet tall just south of Nags Head, NC within the boundaries of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It has a first-order Fresnel lens that can be seen 19 miles out to sea.

Newly renovated, the lighthouse is now open for climbing. There is an $8 charge. The restored lighthouse keepers quarters houses a museum and a gift shop. There is also a nature walk through the surrounding marsh. The visitor center and lighthouse grounds are open year-round. Contact information
(252) 441-5711

There are no stores or restaurants near the Bodie Island Lighthouse, so be sure to bring your own drinks and picnic supplies. For those who love to swim in the ocean, Coquina Beach is directly across from the lighthouse road. This is a free beach with a large parking lot, restrooms, and bathhouses as well as outdoor showers and a wooden walkway out to the beach.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse before the storm.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse before the storm. | Source

Fourth Stop: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

If you are staying in Nags Head, you will want to allow a full day for your trip to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Allow time to view the fishing boats at the Oregon Inlet Marina and spend an hour at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Depending on the time of year, you may see flocks of snow geese or migrating tundra swans. In the summer, there will be many coastal birds living in the marshes of Pea Island. Because of erosion of the dunes, the road on the south side of Oregon Inlet is sometimes overwashed by the high tide or partially blocked by blowing sand, though it is seldom completely closed. If there is an access problem, you will see signs before you cross the Bonner bridge.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC is probably one of the most well-known of the Outer Banks lighthouses. It is also known as America’s Lighthouse, and America watched the spectacular project on television when it was moved a half-mile inland in 1999 to protect it from beach erosion that was undermining its foundations. It is the tallest brick lighthouse in the country and stands 208 feet tall. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has served the important purpose of warning mariners away from the 20 miles of treacherous and shifting sandbars known as Diamond Shoals and still stands today casting its 1000 watt light more than 20 miles into the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open for climbing from mid-April through October. Fees are $4 for adults and $4 for children under 12 (children must be at least 42” tall to climb the tower) with special rates for holders of the America the Beautiful Senior or Access pass. There is also a visitor center and gift shop. The National Park Service also provides free educational programs at the lighthouse. Contact Information:
(252) 995-4474

While visiting the lighthouse, take a walk to the original site of the lighthouse. This is a great place to watch windsurfers, too.

There are some picnic areas near the lighthouse and a beach access point not too far away for those who wish to swim. Four-wheel drive vehicles can also access the popular Diamond Shoals fishing area from here, but check with rangers at the lighthouse first as the area is sometimes closed to protect nesting birds or turtles. Starting in February 2012, the National Park Service requires that anyone driving on the beach purchase either a $50 seven day pass or an annual pass for $120. Check the Park Service website for up-to-date information on beach driving.

If you wish to dine out, Buxton has several restaurants, a small grocery store, and a few gift shops.Drive just a few miles south of Buxton, and you will come to the village of Hatteras at the tip of Hatteras Island. There you will find the Ferry terminal with service to Ocracoke Island.

Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke, NC.
Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke, NC. | Source

Last Stop: Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

Plan to spend a day if you travel from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island to visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse. The island is only accessible by the free ferry which leaves from Hatteras, and in the summer there may be long waiting lines. Get to the ferry terminal early to avoid long waits.

To get more information about NC ferry system, and view the ferry schedule, click here: Ferry Schedule.

The Ocracoke Lighthouse, built in 1822, is North Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse. It was first built in 1798 as a wooden structure to mark the channel at Ocracoke Inlet, but when the inlet shifted, the original lighthouse was useless. Finally in 1822 Congress authorized funding for the present lighthouse tower. Although only 75 feet tall, it shines 14 miles out to sea. One of the most picturesque lighthouses, the white tower is framed by green lawns and a white picket fence. It is not open for climbing.

Ocracoke Island is accessible by a free ferry which leaves from the ferry terminal at Hatteras. The lighthouse is located in the village of Ocracoke. Contact Information: 
(888) 493-3826


While you are on Ocracoke Island, you will want to walk around the village and visit some of the shops featuring local arts and crafts. Most of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and there are many access points for 4 wheel drive vehicles to enter the beaches. There is also a National Park Campground on Ocracoke and other lodging at hotels and guest houses if you wish to stay overnight.

Bonner Bridge at Sunset.  Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.
Bonner Bridge at Sunset. Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks. | Source

Lighthouses, Museums, History and the Seashore

Taking a tour of the five lighthouses on the Outer Banks will still leave you plenty of time to enjoy the beach, museums, shopping and some great seafood restaurants. You'll find lots to do on the Outer Banks, but be sure to leave time to just relax on the beach, play in the surf and watch the dolphins play.

Lighthouses on the Outer Banks

show route and directions
A markerCape Hatteras Lighthouse -
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Lighthouse Rd, Manteo, NC 27920, USA
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B markerOcracoke Lighthouse -
Ocracoke Lighthouse, Lighthouse Rd, Ocracoke, NC 27960, USA
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C markerBodie Island Lighthouse -
Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse R, Nags Head,
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D markerCorolla Light -
Corolla Light, Corolla, NC 27927, USA
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E markerRoanoke Island -
Roanoke Island, Nags Head, NC 27954, USA
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        Stephanie Henkel 3 months ago from USA

        I don't know about lighthouse tour packages. My article was written for those who travel by car, but I'm sure you could get information on bus tours from a travel agent.

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        TheNCphoenix 3 months ago

        Is there a package for touring lighthouses early June?

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 5 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        I love lighthouses.

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        Essie 2 years ago from Southern California

        You're most welcome, Stephanie. I am thrilled to see others who adore lighthouses. They are often over-looked and underestimated. Not only are they architectural masterpieces, they also have a lot of personification qualities. I'm glad I found your hubs on HP. Essie.

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        Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

        EsJam - Sometimes we don't appreciate the wonderful things in our own backyards. Hope you are able to take a lighthouse tour of the North Carolina coast one day. If you love lighthouses, I know you'll love them! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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        Essie 2 years ago from Southern California

        I went to high school in Hendersonville, NC., and never thought of going to see lighthouses when I lived there.Wish I had. I enjoyed your article very much. I am now a lighthouse enthusiast and have visited the lighthouses in my region and plan to finish the northern state as soon as I can. Thank you for an interesting, informative hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

        susanouzts - If you like the ocean, you'll love the Outer Banks! Your RV loop trip sounds wonderful...have fun!

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        Susan B. Ouzts 3 years ago from Monroe County, GA

        Wonderful article! We are planning a loop RV trip to Michigan, over and down to Gettysburg, and then stopping at the Outer Banks. These ideas will help me plan the trip. Thanks!

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        Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

        Daisy Mariposa - Lighthouses on the Atlantic coast have a wonderful and colorful history. We're so happy to be able to view and visit them today. Thanks so much for your comments!

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        Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

        Mike Robbers - Thank you Mike! We love the lighthouses on the North Carolina coast, and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs and article! Thanks for the read and the share!

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        Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

        Stephanie,

        Lighthouses have always fascinated me. Thanks for publishing this well-researched fascinating article.

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        Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

        Wonderful hub and images. The lighthouse is stunning! Thanks for tour Stephanie. Voted and pinned.

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        Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

        Nell Rose - I always think of the lighthouse keepers who used to keep the lanterns lit and how lonely their lives must have been. Lighthouses are so interesting and beautiful. I'd love to see the one on the Isle of Wight!

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        Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

        tillsontitan - Glad you enjoyed your trip to North Carolina. Do stop to see some of the lighthouses if you are ever on the Outer Banks again. They are so pretty and if you are able to climb them, the views of the coast are fantastic! Thanks again for your comments!

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        Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

        I love lighthouses, there is something so stately and mysterious about them. I recently went out on a boat on the isle of wight and we went to the lighthouse, couldn't go onto it, but right next to it, it was great!

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        Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

        Your hubs are always so entertaining and your photos so beautiful. I've been to North Carolina but didn't get the chance to visit the beautiful lighthouses. Guess I need to make another trip!

        Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Better Yourself - I hope you get a chance to visit some of the North Carolina lighthouses soon. Just a heads up, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is being renovated right now and has scaffolding around it, but the others are all open for viewing and some for climbing. Enjoy!

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        Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

        Ejoyed your hub! It's been a long time since I've visited some of the NC lighthouses so hopefully I will make it back and get to some I haven't see yet.

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Homesteadbound - These North Carolina lighthouses are so well preserved, and are well worth a visit. Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour!

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Jools99 - The lighthouses of the Outer Banks are definitely worth a visit, but there are many other things to do, too. Hope you will visit sometime! Thanks for your comment and for the share!

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        Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

        I love lighthouses. Thanks so much for this hub!

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Stephanie, great hub. Loved the photos and this is so full of info. If I ever get to North Carolina, I will be full of things to do already - this tour looks like an interesting day (or two) out. Voted up and shared.

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Mindyjgirl - glad you enjoyed my virtual lighthouse tour of the Outer Banks!

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        Mindy 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

        Beautiful!!

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        bac2basics - haha...no, I wouldn't have enjoyed painting those stairs, either! And the lighthouse keepers who climbed those stairs twice a day must have been in awesome shape!

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        Anne 5 years ago from Spain

        Hi Stephanie. I love the sea and find lighthouse´s fascinating. Really wouldn´t like to have climbed, or painted all those stairs though. Great hub. Thanks for sharing :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Hi Linda,

        Visiting lighthouses does make me happy! :) Thanks for stopping by for a virtual tour of lighthouses in NC!

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Deb! I think you'd love the North Carolina coast, and the lighthouses are beautiful and well worth visiting. Thanks for the comment and the share!

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        Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Happy National Lighthouse Day! I had no idea they had their own special day. Your hub is amazing!:)

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        What a wonderful hub and beautiful photographs. I've always wanted to visit the Outer Banks but haven't made it yet. I'm going to share this.

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        RunningDeer - Lighthouses of the Outer Banks are a wonderful piece of North Carolina's history, and the ones I've highlighted are in excellent condition. I do hope you are able to visit them!

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        RunningDeer 5 years ago from Iowa

        Great hub! I love how you have the tour all set up for whomever would like to take it. I absolutely love lighthouses! Thanks for sharing!

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        Anne Pettit 6 years ago from North Carolina

        You have inspired me to consider taking this tour. Thanks!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Lamaudraleigh - The Outer Banks of NC is a great place to vacation, or even spend a weekend. I'm sure you'll have a great time! Be sure to take your camera as the lighthouses and beaches are beautiful!

        Most of the photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix P80 digital camera, but I've also taken some great pictures with a simple Kodak Easy Share. You can take really good outdoor scenes with an inexpensive camera, especially if you spend a little time on your computer when you download the pictures. Cropping and tweaking the lighting makes a huge difference. Hope you have a great vacation on the Outer Banks!

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        iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

        Stephanie, my Boyfriend and I had a discussion about going to the outer banks someday. When we do, we surely will take your itinerary and go! Great hub and great photos! What kind of camera do you use??

        Voted up and shared!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        I think you'll love the lighthouses! They are beautifully well preserved, and you can even climb some of them. Glad you are inspired to visit!

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        CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

        I live in NC, I'm going to have to go visit these now that I know they are so wonderful!!! Thanks for the pictures :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Hi Golfgal - I know that the breakthroughs of the ocean to the sound during Hurricane Irene was really bad. I'm actually surprised that they are able to repair the road, bad as it was. I do feel sorry for the residents south of Pea Island who can only get out by ferry. Hope your Mom is doing well through all this. Thanks for visiting my hub. I do love the OBX lighthouses, and can't resist getting more pictures each time we are near any of them.

        Hi Robin - Fall is a nice time to visit the Outer Banks if you have the time. I'm glad my hub brought back some good memories! Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

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        Robin Anderson 6 years ago from United States

        Thanks for a great Hub. I love the Outer Banks, but haven't been there is sooooo long. This takes me back.

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        Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

        Hey Stephanie, Yes....you are so right. It is a fun time to explore the remaining lighthouses of OB. I have pics of them that I took when my husband and I went touring. The Hatteras Lighthouse is so well known for its lovely swirling black and white facade. My mother lives North of Okracoke and right now the only way in and out is by ferry since the road was washed away in the latest hurricane. It will be repaired within the next couple months. Geez.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Thank you, Paraglider! I hope you are able to visit some of the lighthouses on the North Carolina coast on your next trip. I'd like to visit some of the lighthouses in Scotland one day, too!

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        Dave McClure 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

        This is very thorough and well researched. I've visited several lighthouses around the Scottish coast, but so far none in the US. Maybe next trip!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Gail, I'm speechless! Thank you so much for your nomination and for your consistently encouraging comments!

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        Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

        Don't know if it's my love of lighthouses, love of the Outer Banks, love of the photographs that you took of these beautiful lighthouses or the organized way in which you put this hub together, but I do know that I love the whole package and am nominating it for "Most Beautiful Hub" in the Hubbie Awards.

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        Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

        Well, it is a wonderful hub, Stephanie. There are plenty of LtHs all over our country...I'll pick another state, LOL Take care and be safe on the 4th.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Hi Denise, I know that lighthouses are a popular topic, but just felt that I wanted to do this one of some of my favorites on the Outer Banks. I do love lighthouses! There are some others on the North Carolina coast that are pretty, and they each have their own stories- even ghost stories! Thanks for your kind comments!

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        Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

        You did a marvelous job with the lighthouses of NC hub, Stephanie. I had that planned as well, but will forego it. Great photos, too. Thanks for sharing. I just love lighthouses, and obviously, so do you, LOL

        Have a safe 4th of JUly. :)

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        danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

        It was a joy, now I find myself waiting for your next hub.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Hi Danfresnourban, I'm so glad that you did find my hubs and that you are enjoying them. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful and stately lighthouses on the East coast. I'm so glad that it was one of the places you visited. Thanks for reading my hub and for your comments!

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        danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

        This is another great hub from you Stephanie, I am new to Hub Pages, so it may have taken me a while to find you if it was not for your recent Hub of the day.

        As to lighthouses, I really like them because they remind me of the coast and a trip I took in college. I actually visited Cape Hatteras lighthouse. I had a great time on that trip. Reading you hub reminded me of the trip. Thanks

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        Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

        Great hub! Lighthouses are so cool! I used to spend a lot of childhood summers down in the Outerbanks, but I don't really remember visiting any lighthouses. I'd love to go back and see them.

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        Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

        Hi Sally, Welcome to HubPages and thanks for visiting my hub! Being within easy driving distance of the Outer Banks is certainly one of the great advantages of living in North Carolina! I'm glad my hub brought back some good memories for you.

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        Workathomecoach 7 years ago from Yardley, PA

        Wonderful work on the hub. It was such a great reminder of our visits to the Outer Banks when we lived in Raleigh!

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        Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

        Hi World-Traveler, North Carolina has much to offer from mountains to the coast; I'm not surprised that you liked it! I do hope you'll come back to visit one day! Thanks for reading my hub and for your comments and vote!

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        World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

        I liked your lighthouse photos. Your story reminded me when I was a national exchange student at the University of North Carolina. I fell in love with North Carolina. Thanks for the memories! I voted your story up for beautiful, awesome and useful!

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        Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

        Thanks for visiting Marellen! Lighthouses are fascinating. The museums attached to the lighthouses also tell some wonderful stories about the mariners of the times and the storms they faced. They have quite a history.

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        marellen 7 years ago

        Stephanie.....Thanks for the tour of lighthouses. I find them so fasinating....your hub was very informative and thanks for sharing.

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        Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

        Avorodisa - Thanks for visiting and commenting on my hub! It seems that almost everyone loves lighthouses!

        Carmen H - The Outer Banks are such a popular tourist destination that I thought highlighting the lighthouses would be fun. Visiting them makes for fun side trips in between enjoying the sun, sand and surf! Thanks for your comments.

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        Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

        Eiddwen, Thanks for visiting my lighthouses tour and for your votes! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Even though we visit the lighthouses fairly often, I still love to look at the pictures of them. There's something romantic and exciting about lighthouses and their history.

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        Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

        Hi Gail, Vacations near the ocean were a big part of my growing up years in New Jersey, and I love nothing more than the sea! We discovered the Outer Banks in the 1980's and fell in love. Now we have a house near Currituck Sound just 20 miles from the OBX. Do get in touch next time you visit Corolla!

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        Carmen Beth 7 years ago

        Love this hub. A twist to an ordinanry vacation itinerary - a tour solely on lighthouses is unique and very interesting... and thanks for the lovely pictures as they provide precise visuals of their accompanying descriptions.

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        Anna Sidorova 7 years ago from Russia

        This is a great hub for those who love lighthouses and the sea! (I do)

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        Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

        What a great hub , I loved it and am bookmarking as my favourite 'armchair travelling hubs.'

        Nothing better on a rainy afternoon.

        I push all buttons on this one and I look forward to reading many more of your hubs also.

        Take care

        Eiddwen.

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        Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

        Great hub about two of my favorite things-- the Outer Banks and lighthouses. We've been vacationing in Corolla for two decades and I never tire of the beautiful beaches and parks along the whole coastline of the Outer Banks. Each community has it's own personality and unique charm.

        Love the photo you took of the Bodie Island Lighthouse stairway.

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