Visiting the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from M Villa OBX is about 56 miles (1hr 20mins). It is completely worth it. The drive itself is quite relaxing. In concludes with you possibly climbing one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States. If you choose to climb the 250 stairs (equivalent of 12 story building), you will be met with views stretching to the horizon in every direction. The light from the lighthouse spans out for 20 miles. After all, it is the world’s tallest brick lighthouse. As popular as the lighthouse is, it never really gets that crowded. This includes even the peak season in the middle of the summer.