It may be impossible to squeeze in all the historical attractions in a single vacation, but visitors are advised to cross a few of these remarkable local sites off their list. With miles of shorelines that have a story around every sand dune, the Outer Banks is an incredible destination for lovers of history, legends, and fascinating tales.
Vacationers can delve into the deepest parts of the Outer Banks' past with a visit to the locales celebrating the area's European settler and Native American roots. From the Frisco Native American Museum located in the heart of Hatteras Island to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, in Roanoke Island, visitors can literally trace the steps of the Outer Banks' earliest residents from the indigenous locals to modern America's first English residents.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum continues the narrative with a museum full of artifacts shedding light on the region's deadly legacy of shipwrecks and maritime rescues, and visitors can fast forward all the way to the 20th century with a visit to the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. This historic site marks the exact location where the Wright Brothers successfully flew the first powered airplane, and has become an icon for aviation lovers from all over the world.
The Outer Banks is rich in historic sites that span the centuries, and celebrate some of America's most proud and fascinating moments. From early disappearing colonists to sentinel lighthouses, visitors are encouraged to explore these historic sites during their vacation, and take home a new perspective on the role the Outer Banks has had in our national history.