America's Most Famous Lighthouse: Do you recognize the Cape Hatteras Light? The candy stripes give it away. Americans love superlatives, and the tower at Cape Hatteras is the nation's tallest. We love it so much we put it on our headstones and take it to heaven with us. In fact, it points toward heaven, presumably so visitors will know where we have gone. Thus, a landscape element becomes a deathscape element. Meadowbrook Cemetery.