America's Most Iconic Drives
The Dare Trail, North Carolina
Linked together by ferry crossings, and never rising more than a few feet above sea level, Highway 12 skips along the series of barrier islands that form Cape Hatteras, separating the usually placid waters of Pamlico Sound from the frequently raging Atlantic Ocean. Though many sections were flooded and damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Highway 12 is an unforgettable drive, winding past sand dunes, landmark lighthouses, and historic villages.
Where to Stop: If you’ve ever wanted to try hang gliding or kite surfing, you’ll find outfitters all along Cape Hatteras.