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Nags Head - A Perfect Oceanside Getaway That Is Rich In Hist

By: Elizabeth Ann Wares

Nags Head has grown into a summer resort area and has some
of the best beach recreation on the North Carolina Coast.
The name of the town has many tales associated with it. The
most popular is the story that pirates would tie lanterns to
the necks of their horses or nags, and walk them on the
beach at night. The ship captains, thinking this was a safe
opportunity to rob the ships. This is a far cry from Nags
Head's attraction today. Once a remote area, Nags Head now
has accomodations ranging from classic, old timey cottages
to oceanfront vacation homes. Other options include cozy
cottages, quaint bed and breakfasts, Hotels and motels.

Whether you are single, a couple, or a family, the area is
well suited for virtually any type of vacation plans. Nags
Head has a reputation as a top notch recreational
destination. Watersports and fishing related activities
abound. Let's not forget the world renowned Oregon Fishing
Inlet. This area is home to some of the top world-class deep
sea fishing. There's always the poular amuesment parks with
miniature golf, waterslides, and go-karts.

The world's tallest sand dune on the east coast calls Nags
Head it's home. Jockey's Ridge is approximately 100 feet
tall. Feeling adventurous? Jockey's Ridge is the ideal place
to hang glide. Or if you want to chill out, you can walk the
beach, watch the sunrise, or enjoy a breathtaking sunset, or
just explore the numerous nature trails.

There's tons of opportunities to pick up souveniers along
the way. There are outlet stores, an indoor mall and many
local specialty shops. No vacation would be complete without
checking out the local restaurants. There are many locally
owned restaurants as well as all of the national chain
restaurants. The selection of food is excellent. From
chicken fingers to filet mignon. Make sure to try the
seafood, since much of it is locally caught, and therefore,
extremely fresh!

Right down the road (from Nags Head) is the town of Kill
Devil Hills. You can easily spend a good half day here,
without seeing all the sights. This town became famous when
the Wright Brothers made history when they flew the first
airplane here in 1903. The Wright Brothers National Memorial
is made of granite, rises 61 feet into the air and is the
focal point of this town. A 314-acre national park honors
this momentous event with a flight museum and an airstrip.
Take one of the air tours of the Outer Banks. Its a
spectacular, and exciting way to get a bird's eye view of
these islands.

The Visitor's Center, is a gorgeous glass covered structure
that showcases a replica of that simple canvas-covered
605-pound doubled-winged plane, which Orville Wright flew on
that history-making day. Looking at it today, it's hard to
imagine that it could even get off the ground.

A popular attraction for kids and adults alike, is kite
flying. One of the reasons the Wright Brtothers picked this
area was because it is so windy. This makes for consistently
soaring kite flying. The Park Service supplies simple box
kites and 20 feet of string. It's normal to see dozens of
kids and adults (acting like kids) laughing and with huge
smiles on their faces, with their own flying contraptions in
a pleasant five mile an hour breeze. When you visit, be sure
to make time for touring the various museum exhibits. You
can even attend a ranger conducted program, take a tour of
the reconstructed camp buildings and the first flight trail
area, and climb up Kill Devil Hill to view the memorial

Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Nags Head and
Kill Devil Hills offers residents and visitors alike, a
unique and relaxing environment with plenty of fascinating,
and fun things to see and do year-round.

Elizabeth Ann Wares is an avid traveler and shares travel and vacation tips. She is the webmaster of Airfare X, a leading resource for discount airfare:

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Elizabeth Ann Wares is an avid traveler and shares travel and vacation tips. She is the webmaster of Airfare X, a leading resource for discount airfare:

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