Famous as the location for the world’s first manned airplane flight, Kitty Hawk is part of the picturesque Outer Banks of North Carolina.

In 1908, the Wright brothers sent their aircraft soaring down the giant sand dunes at Kill Devil Hill just a few miles south of Kitty Hawk. Today, students can walk the expansive beachfront and discover tales of pirates, the Lost Colony of 1587, and even the famed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Below are just a few of this area's top attractions.
 
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Fort Raleigh

Fort Raleigh preserves the location of Roanoke colony, the first English colony in North America in 1587. Referred to as the “Lost Colony,” few clues abound as to what happened to its settlers after their landing.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Located on Roanoke Island, visitors can view Elizabeth II, a 16th-century replica sailing ship, living history demonstrations, as well as a museum and hands-on exhibits.

 Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Located in Kill Devil Hill, NC, the Wright Brothers National memorial features a 60 foot granite monument dedicated to the Wright brothers, as well as a museum with models and actual tools. A reconstructed wind tunnel is also on display.

Museum of First Flight

In the museum, visitors can see a replica of the 1902 glider used by the Wright Brothers. They can also see a 1903 flying machine, as well as an original engine block. Educational exhibits on flight are also on display.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse   

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

 

At 200 feet, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the 23rd tallest traditional lighthouse in the world. Located on the Outer Banks of NC, visitors can climb to the top of the light for breathtaking views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Standing 156 feet tall, Bodie Island Lighthouse overlooks Roanoke Sound. Though not currently climbable by the public, the lighthouse is nonetheless a picturesque stop along the NC Outer Banks.

Ferry Ride to Ocrakoke and Cedar Island

These quaint, quiet islands lay off the coast of NC and offer a relaxing trip for any visitor. A ferry ride connects the island to the mainland and helps maintain the ongoing nostalgia.