As Hayes wrote, “Lighthouses are literally the light at the end of the tunnel. They are a guiding light in pitch black dark. They save you from disaster.” Outer Banks lighthouses are powerful structures whose flashing lights helped save the lives of countless sailors as they made their way to the North Carolina coast. They’re kind of like the guardian angels of the Outer Banks. Today one of the popular pastimes is visiting these historic lighthouses. You can even climb to the tops of many of them -- Currituck Light, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Hatteras Lighthouse! Stand in the nest and take in the panoramic view of the land below you: miles of ocean, shoreline, towns and marshes. Some of the lighthouses have little museums or information centers nearby, often in a restored keeper’s house, so you can learn about a lighthouse’s history and its particular significance in the area. Read our descriptions of the Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Roanoke Island Marshes and Ocracoke lighthouses and let their beacons of light draw you to them.