Designer Dexter Stetson was also the brains behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which explains why the two look so much alike. Bodie, with its wide (22 feet tall) black-and-white horizontal stripes, stands 156 feet tall and is capped by a black cast-iron lantern. It's actually the third lighthouse to guard this area of the coast. The first, built in 1847, was simply abandoned because of its shoddy construction. A second, build in 1859, was blown up in 1861 by retreating
Confederate soldiers because they feared it would be used as a Yankee observation tower. The current lighthouse was completed in 1872, and is in the midst of a two-part renovation scheduled for completion in 2013.Only the keeper's house and museum can be toured.
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd., Nags Head, North Carolina, 27957, USA