Monday, Columbus Day, will be the last day tourists can climb the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this year, the National Park Service announced.
The lighthouse, a prime destination on North Carolina's Outer Banks, has welcomed about 130,000 visitors since the season began in April, the service said. It will reopen next April.
The spiral-striped spire was built in 1870 to warn ships of a particularly dangerous spot along the Atlantic Coast. Hundreds of ships have met their doom on the cape's Diamond Shoals, a 12-mile-long sandbar where a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada collides with the Gulf Stream.
The lighthouse avoided doom itself when it was moved 2,900 feet to its current location in 1999. The National Park Service maintains the building and grounds, while the U.S. Coast Guard maintains the automated light.
Ok, that headline is kind of confusing. It's just closing for the season. I was thinking it was closing for renovations and would be closed for a long time. The link indicates that it's just for the winter.
Agree with the first comment. I got the idea that it was closing for good.
I got the impression also that it was closing for good. Please put all the info in that is necessary CNN that it is closing for the season and not for good.
These places are cool! Definately hope that it is only for now...it is lovely.
Agree with previous comments, fix the tagline. The link in the main page is fine. Further, this is news why??
Impressive place to visit, worth the drive, and the wait
Yeah i believe it is only for the season. However i believe that it used to stay open all year long before, I grew up on Ocracoke next to Hatteras Island.