Hatteras Island is a 42-mile long island south of Oregon Inlet. It is home to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. The crown jewel of Hatteras Island is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the United States. The 208-foot tall structure is characterized by a black-and-white spiral pattern and emits a beam of light that can be seen for 20 miles. Visitors can climb 257 steps to the top of this famous Outer Banks landmark daily from April through Columbus Day.