Outer Banks Journals

Paradise and Lighthouses in the Outer Banks

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A July 2003 trip to Outer Banks by hersplash

Ocracoke Lighthouse Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: For a relaxing vacation, I highly recommend the Outer Banks. Take the time to drive the entire length to experience incredible views and adorable little villages. Whether it’s 2 days or 2 weeks, you won’t get bored with the beauty, history, and charm of the Outer Banks.

Paradise and Lighthouses in the Outer Banks

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View from Currituck Lighthouse Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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The Outer Banks was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. During my two-day visit, I enjoyed the beach, visiting all of the lighthouses, and touring the Wright Brothers Museum. I traveled there myself but called my brother before I left, telling him it would be a great spot for his family vacation. There were so many great things to see and do, and I can’t wait to return and experience more of this paradise. There is no shortage of places to stay and eat. I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Kill Devil Hills. It was right on the beach and nearly across the street from the Wright Brothers Museum. I had no complaints with the hotel and was thrilled with the location. I had dinner ...Read More

Ocracoke Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Ocracoke and Lighthouse"

Ocracoke Lighthouse Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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I arrived at the island of Ocracoke after a 2½-hour ride on the Cedar Island ferry. The ferry ride was very pleasant, and I actually chatted with a group of people and took a nap in my car. It cost me $15 to get my car and myself to the island, and I stayed the night before in Morehead City so that I could catch one of the early departing boats. For reservations and times, call 800/856-0343. Actually, the ferry arrives in the village area, so you can practically walk to all of the shopping and even to the lighthouse. The island was very charming. There were lots of delightful little stores and tourists walking around. This island certainly does not have any fast-food restaurants, and I was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Island
Outer Banks, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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Attraction | "Cape Hatteras and Lighthouse"

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Photo, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
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I took a free 40-minute ferry from Ocracoke to get to Hatteras. It was raining, so I chose to stay in my car, and therefore, I couldn’t see the land as we approached. But once there, I saw this charming little port with a huge marina and some grand homes. Like Ocracoke, Cape Hatteras was another beautiful area. I headed out of town and made my first stop at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It was absolutely magnificent as I pulled up. The lighthouse is the tallest in North America, at 208 feet. It was built in 1870 and is one of the most recognized national landmarks. Called the Sentinel of the Shoals, the lighthouse offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Cape Hatteras Na...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina 27954
(252) 473-2111

Bodie Island & Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Bodie Island and Lighthouse"

Bodie Island & Lighthouse Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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I went over a huge bridge from Cape Hatteras to get to Bodie Island. The scenery was absolutely beautiful despite the rain. There were marshes, the ocean, trees, grass, and big sand dunes. Civilization was nonexistent. While passing through Bodie Island, I stopped at the Bodie lighthouse. It was also picturesque, but because it was a hard downpour at the time, I didn’t get much farther from the car. This lighthouse is 156 feet high and has horizontal black-and-white stripes. I thought it looked just like Hatteras because of the stripes. It was built in 1872, and like Ocracoke, it is not open for climbing. It is managed by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is in need of preservation...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Bodie Island & Lighthouse
On the soundside of Highway 12
Outer Banks, North Carolina

Currituck Beach Lighthouse (Historic Corolla)

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Attraction | "Currituck Lighthouse"

Currituck Beach Lighthouse (Historic Corolla) Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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I found the Currituck Beach Lighthouse after driving through some of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever seen. Coming from Kill Devil Hill, I passed Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck, Sanderling, and Corolla. While driving, I saw lots of shrubs and trees and very tall homes that looked out on the water (from both sides). The villages were charming, with many fancy shops and good-looking tourists. It seemed like a sophisticated crowd. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built in 1875 and the last one to be built on the Outer Banks. It made of unpainted red brick, to distinguish it from other regional lighthouses. When viewing the exterior, you can see the enormous number of bricks it took to c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Currituck Beach Lighthouse (Historic Corolla)
Corolla
Outer Banks, North Carolina 27927
(252) 453-8152

Elizabethan Gardens

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Elizabethan Gardens Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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Coming from Nags Head in the Outer Banks, I traveled over a few very long bridges and then stopped in Roanoke Island to view the Elizabethan Gardens. Located at the North end of the island, this is the site of the first English attempt at colonization in the New World. There were three expeditions set forth by Sir Walter Raleigh. The first, in 1584, was a scouting attempt. The exploration expedition was from 1585-86. The final was in 1587, which included women and children to establish a sustainable colony. The first woman born here was named Virginia Dare, and the annual Elizabeth Renaissance Faire on August 18th marks her birth. This is called the Lost Colony because everyone ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Elizabethan Gardens
3 miles north of Manteo on highway 64/264
Outer Banks, North Carolina 27954
(252) 473-3234

Wright Brothers National Memorial

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Wright Brothers National Memorial Photo, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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The National Park Service operates the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The cost is $3 per person, or free if you have a National Park Passport (which I highly recommend if you do a lot of traveling). The park is open 9am to 6pm in the summer and 9am to 5pm the rest of the year. Inside of the park you will find the museum and bookstore, camp buildings, the first-flight trail area, a 60-inch granite monument, and a 3,000-foot paved first-flight airstrip. At the museum you will get an introduction to Orville and Wilbur Wright, two brothers from Ohio who changed history by being the first to successfully achieve flight with an airplane. The museum gave detailed history of the first flights th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Mile Post 7.5 On U.s. Hwy 158
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948
(252) 441-7430