Best Vacation Spots in North Carolina

Outer banks house rentals

There is a good reason why millions of visitors flock to the beaches of North Carolina each year. In fact, there are hundreds of reasons that draw tourists to seek out Outer Banks rentals (abbreviated as OBX rentals), Corolla nc rentals, or Nags head vacation rentals along the more than 300 miles of Atlantic coastline.

For starters, the nature, scenery, and wildlife will astound you. Not only are there more than 400 species of birds on Hatteras Island, but the wetlands are replete with wolves, black bear, and even alligators! The Outer Banks has state parks (one of which is home to the tallest sand dune on the east coast) as well as several natural wildlife refuges and preserves.

The Outer Banks is rife with history and intrigue, too. The Outer Banks was once the hideout for the notorious pirate Blackbeard (he also met his demise here), and there have been more than 1,000 ships that have sunk off the treacherous waters of the Outer Banks since the year 1526. This is why the area has been nicknamed the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and the number of human souls who have perished in the waters is still unknown.

One of the most famous shipwrecks was the USS Monitor, a Northern battleship built for the American Civil War. The USS Monitor survived many battles, but it succumbed on New Years Eve, 1862, after it encountered a ferocious storm. The ship was uncovered in the 1970s, and today, a visitor center and museum (with access to Nags Head vacation rentals) offers a glimpse at artifacts culled from the ship.

A few of the other shipwrecks (those that have been found, of course) can be explored on the shore or by dives. Either way, there are plenty of Nags head vacation rentals within very short driving or walking distances from these sites.

If you are not a nautical history buff and air travel is more your thing, do not forget to visit Kitty Hawk, which was the location of the first flight in history in 1903.

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