North Carolina contains countless cherished attractions and the very best focus around history, water and those oh-so iconic Carolina sunsets. Some of the most famous sites are the many North Carolina lighthouses scattered throughout the state! These towering icons provide hours of entertainment and intrigue. Not only will a climb to the top to put you in touch with panoramic views of the magnificent scenery, but you can also explore the surrounding regions. Weather starting on North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks or the slower paced Inner Banks, you will be in store for an incredible day. Discover some of North Carolina’s finest lighthouses to start planning your trip through this fantastic state today!
5 of the Best North Carolina Lighthouses
Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton, NC
Visitors and locals alike are constantly flocking to the Roanoke River Lighthouse to experience both its beauty and its history. A favorite historic site of this lovely town, this lighthouse is ideal for learning more about Edenton’s fascinating background and origins. There’s also a surrounding park, perfect for enjoying a picnic with friends and family.
Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head, NC
Not only can you ascend to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse, you can also explore its amazing grounds! Marshlands, forests, and ponds surround this lighthouse, providing visitors with the perfect opportunity for wildlife observation and bird watching. This is definitely one of the best ways to see North Carolina at its finest!
Cape Hatteras Light in Buxton, NC
A resemblance of a black-and-white candy cane, the Cape Hatteras Light, located in the Outer Banks, is one of the most popular lighthouses in the world. Its 208 feet of height also makes it the world’s tallest brick lighthouse! The views from the peak of this landmark are remarkable; you can also purchase special evening tours to see the North Carolina landscape illuminated by the moonlight.
Currituck Beach Light in Corolla, NC
A red-brick icon of the Outer Banks, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a beloved attraction that provides gorgeous views of the surrounding area. This fascinating spot contains museum exhibits on the first two landings in addition to its spacious observation deck.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse in Core Banks, NC
Admire the breathtaking beauty of North Carolina from 163 feet above the ground when you climb to the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse! This light on the shores of Core Banks, North Carolina, is a wonderful way to see panoramic views of the state.
Come Stay with Us at Inner Banks Inn!
What better place to stay and day trip to your favorite lighthouses than Edenton? At the center of it all, the “South’s prettiest small town” is close to it all. Our luxurious bed and breakfast inn, Inner Banks Inn contains all the ingredients for a relaxing weekend getaway! In addition to our comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and wonderful service, Inner Banks Inn also includes an elegant restaurant, The Table, for deluxe dining right on our picturesque property. Explore the shops of downtown, stroll by the peaceful Albemarle Sound, or simply spend time relaxing in our charming inn. You will love our haven in the South, so check our availability online to start planning the trip of a lifetime!
Photo by Allen Phelps