1st Day: This morning we are en route to Caswell Beach to visit the Oak Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse, built in 1958, is 17 stories tall and can be seen from 24 miles out. It has one of the brightest lights in the Western Hemisphere. The lighthouse light flashes four times every 10 seconds. Next, we head to Southport, where we will board a ferry to Bald Head Island. This island is home to Old Baldy (Cape Fear Lighthouse). We will travel by island transportation to see Bald Head Island, as well as the lighthouse where you will have the opportunity to climb the tower, time permitting. After returning to the mainland, we will check into our home for the night in Wilmington. Evening is free for your enjoyment.
2nd Day: This morning we will travel to the Crystal Coast, located along North Carolina’s southern outer banks. We’ll visit the Cape Lookout Lighthouse-over 150 years old and still an active aid to navigation. Its beacon flashes 24 hours a day. The lighthouse is closed to climbing until 2023, but we'll be able to visit this beautiful beacon for picture taking and have a chance to admire the 'Crystal Coast' of North Carolina - a part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Lodging tonight in Morehead City. (CB)
3rd Day: Today we depart for Ocracoke, crossing over on the Cedar Island Ferry (a box lunch will be provided). Upon arriving, we will visit the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse for photos (the lighthouse is not open to the public for climbing). The lighthouse was built in 1823, and is the oldest lighthouse still in use in North Carolina. The white tower serves as an entrance to Ocracoke Inlet. This afternoon we take the ferry across to Hatteras, and one of the nation’s most well-known landmarks. The regal Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands at 208 feet and is the tallest brick lighthouse on the American Coast. It still guards ships off the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The bird’s-eye view is spectacular and is worth the climb of 257 steps for those who wish to do so. We’ll continue on to Corolla after visiting the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to check into our home for the night. (CB, BL)
4th Day: Today we will see the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is 150-feet high and has black and white horizontal stripes. After pictures at Bodie, we'll visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse for another opportunity to climb. Built in 1875, this 158-foot Red Brick Tower illuminated one of the last remaining dark stretches of the North Carolina coastline. Next, we travel to Kill Devil Hills, to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This is the site of the first powered airplane flight-December 17, 1903. There is a full-scale reproduction of the original plane, exhibits, and more. Departing for home this afternoon. Arriving back approximately 10:00 PM. (CB)
* Note: Lighthouses are subject to unexpected closures for periodic maintenance and repair. The tour will visit all seven lights, some may not be open for climbing.
Special Notice: Balance due 30 days prior to departure. Cancellation within 30 days of departure will result in payment forfeiture.