My friend Pat is a travel agent, and each year we like to go to an island we've never been to before. Being a bit puzzling, Pat doesn't tell me our destination directly, but instead sends me a weird picture. I never know where the heck I'm going which makes it really hard to pack. Two years ago, Pat sent me this picture:

Trip 1

We ended up in Martha's Vineyard. Last year, Pat sent me this picture:

Trip 2

Our trip was to The Hamptons that year.

This year is a big birthday for me, so Pat is planning something special. But all I get is this image:

Trip 3

Can you please help me figure out where I'm headed?

Solver Notes: For the color-blind...I am sorry. This puzzle pretty much requires analysis of the colors and shapes in the images.

HINT #1:

I just remembered that Pat arranged our trip three years ago too. We went to Rum Cay in the Bahamas, and he sent me this picture. It looks pretty similar to the others, I guess: Trip 0

HINT #2:

The identifications provided by @MrSethward are correct, but there is another step to determine the trip destination, which is not in North Carolina. As a hint, the order of the icons in the pictures matters.

HINT #3:

Google's My Maps provides a useful function that the usual Google Maps does not that can help you solve this puzzle.


It looks like Pat is taking you to:

the Ile de Sein, a Breton island off the coast of western France.

The images represent:

lighthouse designs. At humn's request, as I was looking at the images in the OP, I was checking for any patterns that might be a foothold. The blue background got me thinking it was sea and when I noticed the towers on each had different shapes as well as colors, I realized it might be physical clues related to the island, and lighthouses just popped out as the most obvious solution to search. I wasn't totally sure I was on the right track, as til now haven't nailed down the first two clues but when I found the lighthouses in the Outer Banks, I once I found the Outer Banks lighthouses I was certain.

With that you:

draw lines between the lighthouses, the next land encountered is the island you are visiting!

The image for Martha's Vineyard represent:

#1 Oak Island

#2 Currituck Beach light

The images for The Hamptons are:

#1 Ocracoke lighthouse

#2 Bodie Island lighthouse

Their connections are:

The lines to Martha's vineyard and the Hamptons:

And the final image:

I'm much more sure of these than the previous ones, I think #1 is Cape Lookout lighthouse and #2 is the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, both in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if you're planning on doing more, but as of 06-26-20 midnight Zulu this is not the correct answer. You are on the right track, though. $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Jun 26 '20 at 1:15
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    $\begingroup$ ^vote with 2 notes, @MrSethward: 1) I hope you don't mind that i added a picture from the links in your solution. The visual connection is amazing. 2) Any chance of mentioning in your solution how that connection occurred to you? $\endgroup$ – humn Jun 26 '20 at 2:33
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    $\begingroup$ One other note: there is nothing historical represented here. Everything represented exists as it is today. $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Jun 26 '20 at 2:35
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    $\begingroup$ No worries. I just didn't want to waste your time chasing down increasingly less likely explanations. You're definitely closer to home, or maybe given the topic...further from home :-) One more quick nudge: check out the tags on the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Jun 26 '20 at 12:59

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