It is said that America begins on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Site of the first English colony in the New World – the so-called “Lost Colony” on Roanoke Island – this chain of natural barrier island stretching for 200 miles have marked a number of significant firsts since then. On Kitty Hawk Field at 10.35am on 14 December 1903, Orville Wright - a bicycle maker from Ohio – flew his rather primitive aero plane for 12 seconds and touched down 120ft away, constituting man’s first powered flight. The very spot is marked by a granite pylon and a small museum at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The US government sought to protect the fragile coastal environment in the Outer Banks, and created the country's first National Seashore – the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The Charming Carolinas Tour - North and South
Exploring North Carolina
An American History Tour
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford