Kill Devil Hills
which is considered the "Southern Shores" of the Outer Banks. We were expecting to find a pre-season sleepy beach town that would be like LBI (Long Beach Island, NJ), but we were pleasantly surprised to find a kicking beach scene that was matched with impeccable weather. It wasn't hot enough for Brian to break out his speedo, which he is dying to do, but plenty warm to walk on the beach and chill. We loved the Outer Banks - there is so much to do and extremely plentiful for any one, great beached, nature trails/hikes, and gimmick tourist attractions. Other notable places were "Brew Thrus"..where you can drive through and buy beer, and "Buds & Suds", where you can buy beer and get your car washed...interesting theme...beers!
On Saturday we went to the Wright Brothers National Monument
- this is where Orville and Wilbur took their first flight. Originally from Ohio, they came to Kill Devils Hills to use the large sand dunes as platforms for their flight testing..super interesting
. We later visited Jockey Ridge State Park
, which is home to the largest sand dunes in the US!..where folks hang glide off of them and run-a-mok across the dunes. This was a lot of fun. Brian wanted to go hang gliding but once he saw the height he felt that it wouldn't be a big enough challenge for him, and thus didn't want to waste his time.. :). Honestly, we were expecting this huge cliff, but when we witnessed the hang glider take off we were a bit disappointed..we both said "This is it??".."3 hour training lesson to run off this hill".. brian said he would be satisfied just running along side the hang glider..it really wasn't too high; The park rangers say the dunes have lost a lot of their height this year given changing winds, etc.
Later saturday night we toured up to the Northern Shores to Duck
(Brian had been here in the early 90s with the Pazdera's, one of his favorite vacations) and Carolla
..super nice homes and resorts, a little more quieter and higher end
. On the way out of Outer Banks we were going to take the local route towards Beaufort, NC, but we learned it entailed taking 2 different ferries that were fully booked already, so we had to make a "U"ie and go the old fashion way.
We really enjoyed the Outer Banks and strongly recommend this as a great vacation spot. Dates: April 9 - April 11
- Outer Banks Brewery Station
, Kill Devil Hills - Dinner on Day 1: - Good, fun place.
- Sunset Grille
, Duck NC - Dinner on Day 2: Excellent sunset view, we imagine this place is kicking in the summer time. Food was good, basic seafood, nothing too crazy.
We arrived in the Outer Banks on Friday night after Williamsburg and stayed until Sunday morning. We stayed in