The Wright Place to Visit: Nags Head North Carolina

After visiting the mountains of North Carolina, we decided to take in some coastal time. Located on the outer banks of North Carolina, Nags Head got its name from mules or horses (nags) that would have lights hung around their heads in order to trick ships into running aground so that local pirates could loot the valuables.

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Nags Head North Carolina - Picture from Wikipedia

Nags Head North Carolina – Picture from Wikipedia

Dunes in Nags Head

Dunes in Nags Head

Nags Head

Nags Head

The World’s First Flight

In addition to the beaches, one of the biggest draws to this area is Kitty Hawk, the birthplace of flight. After studying the flight of turkey buzzards, Wilbur and Orville Wright implemented wing warping (the ability to control the wings up and down by leaning) and this enabled their aircraft to take flight while all other attempts had failed.

Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills

On the dunes of Kill Devil Hills, the Wright brothers took flight on December 17, 1903, paving the way for present day aviation.

The Wright Brothers Monument

The Wright Brothers Monument

The First Flight

The First Flight

Cape Hatteras

Located a short distance south of Nags Head is Cape Hatteras. Cape Hatteras is a bend in Hatteras Island, one of the long thin barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse attracts a large number of visitors each year.

On the way to the lighthouse, we encountered another lighthouse, the Bodie Island Lighthouse. It was impressive as well.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

When we visited the lighthouse, there were deer on the beach next to the lighthouse. There were also surfers everywhere.

Deer and Surfers on the Beach

Deer and Surfers on the Beach

Deer on the Beach

Deer on the Beach

Deer on the Dunes

Deer on the Dunes

Surfers Hanging Ten

Surfers Hanging Ten

Great Waves

Great Waves

Local Craft Breweries

As we always do, we seek out local craft breweries. In Nags Head, we found Outer Banks Brewery. Their Hefeweizen was pretty good.

Outer Banks Brewery

Outer Banks Brewery

Outer Banks Brewery

Outer Banks Brewery

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