Fodor's Expert Review Ocracoke Light Station
This lighthouse is a photographer's dream. Built in 1823, it's the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the United States (Sandy Hook, New Jersey, has the oldest). It was first fueled by whale oil, then kerosene, and finally electricity. The lighthouse is built entirely of brick, 5 feet thick at the base and 2 feet thick at the top. The white finish was once achieved with a blend of unslaked lime, glue, rice, salt, and powdered fish. The 77 feet, 5 inches tall structure is no longer open to the public for climbing, but the grounds are accessible year-round.