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Properly known as the “Beach Road and Route 12 “ . This drive is recognized as one of the most scenic drives in America. It starts just a few miles south of our beautiful Oceanfront Hotel in Nags Head so it is convenient for guests to explore this beautiful drive through National Seashore. Outer Banks National Scenic Byway (Route 12), stretches through 137 miles of marshes, dunes, beautiful beaches and thriving wildlife. With the Atlantic on one side and the Intercoastal Waterway on the other, you will be in awe of draw dropping water views. This route takes you through Bodie Island, Hatteras, Ocracoke and many other village beach towns. Don’t miss the famous lighthouses, especially in Hatteras, home to the tallest lighthouse in the US. Visitors can now find a brand new lighthouse climb on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore: The Bodie Island Lighthouse, which dates back to the 1870s, opened in April 2013 for climbs for the first time in its history, and stands 156 feet tall and has 214 steps.


Outer Banks Attractions - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world, located on Hatteras Island in the town of Buxton. It is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, protecting one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. The lighthouse is also the world’s tallest brick lighthouse at a height of 208 feet with 257 steps to the top. The visitor center offers information about the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, ranger programs and a bookstore. Exhibits include the history, maritime heritage and natural history of the Outer Banks and the lighthouse.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
46379 Lighthouse Road
Buxton, North Carolina 27920
(252) 473-2111
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Website

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial, located in Kill Devil Hills, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered airplane flight on December 17, 1903. Guests can explore the take-off spot & view exhibits. Wright Brothers National Memorial is open seven days a week, year-round, 9am–5pm.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Wright Brothers National Memorial Website

Hurricane Isabel devastated Jennette’s Pier in 2003, but NC Aquariums led rebuilding it as an all-concrete, 1,000′ long showpiece. On May 22, 2009, seventy years to the day from its first construction, then Governor Beverly Perdue led the ‘sand breaking’ dedication of this $25 million dollar renovation you can enjoy today. Besides pier fishing and sightseeing you can experience: fishing tournaments/programs, summer day camps, day/night programs, private fishing lessons, volleyball camps & much more. Three large wind turbines plus an extensive water recovery system serve as responsible, educational models for a sustainable future.

Jennette’s Pier
7223 S Virginia Dare Trail, MP 16.5
Nags Head NC 27959
Jennette’s Pier Website