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Outer Banks

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Outer Banks

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Welcome to Outer Banks, NC

The Outer Banks, North Carolina, is one of the best beach destinations that you're not going to. With miles of sandy beaches, gentle surf, and an impressive number of activities, it's a wonder that this low-key locale doesn't see the crowds that other east coast beaches attract. Late summer and early fall are great times to go—it's still beach weather, but the crowds are thinning out. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Their First Flight

Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk preserves the site where Orville and Wilbur first soared. Stroll the whole flight path in minutes.

Their First Flight

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Your First Flight

Glide like the Wright Brothers did at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Kill Devil Hills. Kitty Hawk Kites gives hang gliding lessons.

Your First Flight

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Just 268 Steps to Go

Skip the gym. Climb the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, tallest in the United States. It’s 268 steps to the top — but who’s counting?

Just 268 Steps to Go

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Across the Sound

Ferry across Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke Island. Walk in the footsteps of Blackbeard the pirate, then watch a spectacular sunset.

Across the Sound

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The Show Must Go On

"The Lost Colony" is staged every summer on Roanoke Island, site of a failed English settlement in 1585. Andy Griffith is among the cast’s alumni.

The Show Must Go On

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