Photo: Lighthouse overlooking Cape Hatteras

The scenic Cape Hatteras Light is America's tallest lighthouse. The beacon safeguards waters that were once known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" because of dangerous currents, shoals, and storms that sank many a ship.

Photograph by Steve Winter

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