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America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives: Outer Banks Scenic Byway, North Carolina l travelandleisure.com, Spring 2014
Colorful homes line the seaside town of Kure Beach, on the southern tip of North Carolina’s Pleasure Island. Kure Beach is big on family-entertainment: Swing by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for live exhibits on bamboo sharks, loggerhead sea turtles and an albino alligator named Luna
Ocracoke Light was built in Hyde County, on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina in 1823 by Massachusetts builder Noah Porter. The lighthouse stands 75 feet (23 m) tall. Its diameter narrows from 25 feet (8 m) at the base to 12 feet (3.7 m) at its peak. In 1864, Confederate troops dismantled the fourth-order Fresnel Lens, but Union forces later restored it.