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 a renovation was completed in 2013. Guided lighthouse climbs take you up 200 narrow stairs while a ranger tells you all about the history of the building and it's lighthouse keepers; there are also evening full-moon climbs May through October.
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd., Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, 27957, United States