Bodie Island Lighthouse is just south of Nags Head, about 20 minutes. It is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. I really like the lighthouse, with the little building, and the Keepers house. It is very quaint.
We arrived early in the morning, and enjoyed the strong sunlight. Of course the island is very flat, so the lighthouse is seen for many miles. Driving reminded me of the west, Mostly flat, scrub brush, and lots of beige dirt (sand). Of course the west has mountains and the Outer Banks have ocean, but they felt very similar.