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  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    The National Seashore extends more than 70 miles from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet, covering 30,000 acres. The first national seashore in the country includes natural and historic attractions, such as lighthouses and lifesaving stations.
    Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
    Across Oregon Inlet, the 5,834 acres of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge attract birders from all over the country to see snow geese in winter and wading shore and upland birds in summer. Some 265 species of birds winter here. At the Pea Island Visitor Center starts North Pond Wildlife Trail, a good, flat, easy trail that stretches for about 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet.
    Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Avon

    Avon
    South of Avon is one of the island’s most popular kiteboarding and windsurfing spots; it’s known as The Haulover or Canadian Hole.
    Avon
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

    Wright Brothers National Memorial
    Wright Brothers National Memorial commemorates two ingenious brothers from Dayton, OH who, in 1900, choose the sparsely populated area known as the Outer Banks to conduct a series of experiments that three years later resulted in the world’s first heavier than air, powered controlled flight.
    Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Hatteras village

    Hatteras village
    On the southern end of Hatteras Island, Hatteras, or as the locals call it, Hatteras Village, is known for its ties to offshore fishing. The village of Hatteras from the 1700s is a fishing center, with large commercial and sport fleets operating from its docks and marinas.
    Hatteras village
  • Cape Hatteras lighthouse

    Cape Hatteras lighthouse
    The iconic Cape Hatteras lighthouse in Buxton was reopened to the public in 2000 following a massive relocation effort, which moved the lighthouse back 2,900 feet to save it from toppling into the encroaching sea. It has exibits on the island's maritime history and offers a magnificent view of the island.
    Cape Hatteras lighthouse
  • The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

    The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
    The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a maritime museum that focuses on the maritime history and shipwrecks of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It tells the stories of the explorers, pirates, and Civil War blockade-runners who perished along this wild stretch of coast.
    The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
  • Frisco Native American Museum

    Frisco Native American Museum
    The Native American Museum, at the village of Frisco, is a loving collection of arts and crafts from around the US, including a drum from a Hopi kiva, or prayer chamber. The museum also offers several acres of forested nature trails.
    Frisco Native American Museum
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