When staying on Emerald Isle, one of the most popular day trips to take is to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Here you’ll find the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in North America, where you can climb to the top from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Step up and challenge yourself to climb to the top of the lighthouse – it’s just 248 iron spiral stairs to the top of this 12-story structure!
Also part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is Ocracoke Island, boasting 16 miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches. Accessible only by ferry, private boat or plane, Ocracoke has the cozy feel of a small fishing village, but you’ll find several restaurants, gift shops, and some of the most desirable beaches to enjoy with your family. You’ll also find the Ocracoke Light, built in 1823 and standing 75 feet tall. It is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest in the United States.
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore also offers fishing, swimming, surfing, bird watching and many other North Carolina activities.
It’s truly an adventure to visit Cape Hatteras, North Carolina! Explore the island to create lasting memories of your Emerald Isle vacation.