A 47-mile paved drive across Currituck Banks and Bodie Island, past the Wright Brothers National Memorial, two historic lighthouses, and part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The section of the Outer Banks covered in this drive is the busiest and most developed part of the banks. Much of the drive passes through commercialized areas and is not particularly scenic. In recent years, even the once-peaceful area north of Duck has become highly developed. However, there are many scenic and historic sites along this route, so ignore the development and enjoy the ride. Although this drive is relatively short, you could easily spend several days here visiting all the area’s attractions. If you are not interested in swimming and other beach activities, come in fall, winter, or spring. The area is much less crowded then, and lodging is cheaper.
Special attractions: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head Woods Preserve, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, beaches, hang gliding, fishing, swimming, hiking, and bicycling. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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