Nags Head, North Carolina
Visit the nearby Jockey's Ridge State Park, the tallest sand dune on the East Coast at 100 feet tall, where you can hang glide, hike and sand board. Kitty Hawk Kites can guide you, teaching more than 10,000 students a year to hang glide down the dune's slopes. Then head oceanside to Jennette's Pier where you can fish, shop, learn or just take in the beautiful ocean views.
You can also make the journey part of your sightseeing experience on the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway which begins at Whalebone Junction in Nags Head and extends 6.5 hours south, including the famed, narrow Coastal Highway 12 and 3.5 hours on two ferries, to Beaufort.
Other must-see attractions have been around more than four centuries: the Banker ponies, descendants of Spanish mustangs brought to shore by explorers and still found along the Outer Banks. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects the herd and its habitat, and you can rent Jeeps or rely on guides to explore with Corolla Wild Horse Tours or Wild Horse Adventure Tours.
You can refuel and relax after a long day of adventures with Southern comfort food at the Blue Moon Beach Grill, seafood and beautiful views at Miller's Waterfront Restaurant, or fresh local seafood on the water at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. Then for dessert - or breakfast - savor nearby Duck Donuts for a delicious treat.