Tuesday, April 6, 2021

F - F is for Fresh Air by the Seaside

 We are participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. The theme for this year is our Favourite Travel Spots in North America. Join us throughout the month of April as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No boarding pass, visa or passport needed!

The locations we feature are all places we have visited and the photos are ones taken by myself or Amanda (or possibly one of our family members) 

If you missed some our our previous tour stops you can click here to see them

Yesterday we spent some time on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Todays stop is a few hours south on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Outer Banks is a series of several islands located just off the coast of North Carolina. It is a popular holiday destination and has a ton of things to see ando.

We had been once before in 2002 but decided to take a day trip there last May. It was fun to get out and get some fresh sea air and show some of the sights of the Outer Banks to our exchange student.

Our first stop was the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This was where the first known powered flight took place. Admission is normally $10 per adult.

The big rock is where the first flights took off. The smaller rocks in the distance mark how far the first four flights went. The fourth flight went 852 feet and is the last marker way down there in the distance.

Our next stop was Jockey's Ridge State Park. This is a series of large series of large sand dune. It is a popular place for tourists and to fly kites as there is usually good winds here. Admission was free

I wonder what the story of this tree was before it met its fate?

A little further south is one of the many lighthouses on the Outer Banks. This is Bodie Island lighthouse. Admission was free here too.

It took about 90 minutes to drive north to Corolla NC but it was worth the drive. We had come to see Currituck Lighthouse but also found this park which was a bonus.

Another view of Corolla Park with the Currituck lighthouse in the background

More Info:
www.outerbanks.org Outer Banks Tourism Website
www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm Wright Brothers National Memorial Website
www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm Bodie Island Lighthouse Website 
www.visitcurrituck.com/places/historic-corolla-park Corolla Park / Currituck Lighthouse website

How to get there: 
Car: Route NC12 is the main highway through the Outer Banks. It is about 90 south of Norfolk VA and 3 hours to Raleigh NC
Air:  Norfolk (ORF) is the closest airport and is about a 90 minute drive. Raleigh NC (RDU) is about a 4 hour drive
Train: The closest stops are Norfolk VA (90 minute drive) and Rocky Mount NC (2.5 hours).

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  1. Hari OM
    That's a place I would enjoy visiting... sadly such travel a long way off happening these days! YAM xx

  2. I love Jockey's Ridge. It's amazing to climb those dunes.

  3. I LOVE the fresh air at the seaside! Not the kind of beaches I know, but one really long sandy one in CA my family visited a lot is Ten Mile Beach in Fort Bragg, CA. Not a sunny one though.

  4. Although I've never been to the Outer Banks, I would enjoy picnicking in the park along the river featured in the second last photo. All are pleasant photos of interesting scenery. The fate of that tree would make an eerie story.
    F is for Fractured Fairy Tales (AtoZtheme: Novel Research)

  5. LOVE the Outer Banks. I even have a town named after me (lol!). My maiden name is Buxton, like Buxton, NC. I've been there. Wish I still had the t-shirt. The ferries were fun, and I loved the lighthouses. http://www.projectnineteenblog.blogspot.com


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