Cape Hatteras National Seashore Photo Gallery

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With its striking spiral bands of black and white, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a shrine for maritime buffs and the most recognized landmark not only in North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but the whole of the Outer Banks. Built in 1870, the lighthouse gained even more notoriety in 2000, when it was elevated onto rails and moved inland 2,870 feet to protect it from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which increasingly threatened the lighthouse due to steady erosion.  
Credit: Hawthorn Ave./Flickr 
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The bright red spiral stairs and black-and-white checkerboard tile inside the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are just as distinctive as the structure's exterior.  
Credit: Doug Wighton/Flickr 
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A fishing boat sets out for the deep Atlantic waters off Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  
Credit: Dough Wighton/Flickr 
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Windblown sea oats on the beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse  
Credit: Razvan Orendovici/Flickr 
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The beach at Ocracoke. A popular vacation destination, Ocracoke lies just outside Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  
Credit: Corey Balazowich/Flickr 
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A summer thunderstorm lights up the night in North Carolina's Outer Banks.  
Credit: The.Rohit/Flickr 
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The narrow barrier islands that make up North Carolina's Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are known for their beachfronts, but there's a quieter side to the west, where the sun sets over tranquil Pamlico Sound.  
Credit: Alan Strakey/Flickr 
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Evening settles on Ocracoke's Silver Lake Harbor  
Credit: Corey Balazowich/Flickr 
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The Ocracoke Island Light is almost 50 years older than its more famous Cape Hatteras counterpart.  
Credit: Henry Hartley/Wikimedia 
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Moonrise over Cape Hatteras Lighthouse  
Credit: Alan Strakey/Flickr 
 
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