For its “Scenic lighthouses around the USA,” 10Best offers a “look at some of the lighthouses throughout the country that you can climb and take a peek at their original Fresnel lenses, made in Paris.” Among the notable lighthouses, 10Best says, “Like its popular neighbor, the Cape Hatteras Light Station, the Bodie Island Light Station (pronounced “body”) in North Carolina’s Outer Banks sports black and white stripes. A recent restoration reopened the light station to the public in 2013, and visitors can now climb its 214 steps to the top for stunning views and a look at its original 1872 Fresnel lens, with 377 glass prisms, weighing in at 9,000 pounds and valued at $2 million.” [Please note the Bodie Island Lighthouse Tours run the third Friday in April through Columbus Day in October. The Bodie Island Visitors Center is open year-round.]
Of Nags Head, USA Today says, “As another summer season winds to a close, stop in at one of the East Coast’s best beach destinations, Nags Head. This fun, funky town facing the beautiful swimming beaches of the Outer Banks draws throngs of visitors throughout the summer and fall, and the webcam above will take you there live.”
As the USA gears up for its birthday celebration, CNN highlights its favorite natural wonders across the nation in “50 States, 50 Spots Natural Wonders.”
For North Carolina, CNN selected Jockey’s Ridge at Nags Head, noting, “The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge change with the wind, taking on the character of deserts: hot, bright and windy. Despite the volatile terrain, the tallest sand dune on the country’s Atlantic Coast provides a scenic perch for sunsets. Temperatures can get high, with the sand often much hotter than the air. For the full experience of the 80- to 100-foot dune, try kiteboarding or sandboarding, which are allowed by permit during parts of the year in a designated area. Hang-gliding lessons are also available. The park on Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is bounded by Roanoke Sound to the west, home to big cordgrass, black needlerush, marsh pennywort, marsh-elder, cattail and lance-leaved sagittaria. A daylight-use park only, morning visitors might also spy the tracks of nocturnal animals such as foxes and lizards across the sand.”
With the launch of our newly designed website, Nags Head Inn will be posting feature stories and local news so you can stay in touch with the beach, even when you’re back at home. We hope to make your entire year more fun, keeping you informed about the many carefree activities, simple pleasures and flexible options for the REAL VACATION you deserve. Please let us know what you like most, what else you’d enjoy plus how we can improve your entire vacation experience.