This one is wayyyyyyy up there. It’s a solid hour (plus) drive from Nags Head to the Currituck Lighthouse. You’re on a two way road with a low speed limit so there’s no way to get there faster. You can make it a full day trip with some of the other activities like visiting the wild horses, shopping, hiking the maritime trails and of course eating. You’ll pass a Duck Donuts so I’d say that’s a good place to take a pit stop.
At this one location, you’ll find the lighthouse, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and a nice little boardwalk trail out to the water.