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America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives
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America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives

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Aaron Tuell - Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

From alpine lakes to marshy wetlands and East Coast to West, hitch a ride as we hit the gas on America’s most beautiful waterside drives.

Outer Banks Scenic Byway, North Carolina

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Starting Point: Kitty Hawk, NC

The Route: 91 miles along Highway 12 to Ocracoke

What to Expect: Breeze-swept beaches, towering dunes, and maritime-history museums lure wind sports enthusiasts and vacationers to this narrow skewer of barrier islands where sand piles on the two-lane highway like snowdrifts (sometimes requiring a plow), and picturesque towns are separated by lighthouses.

Where to Stop: Any of the beachside water-sport rentals; Cape Hatteras National Seashore for sand castles and a swim; car ferry to Ocracoke Island, an isolated town where Blackbeard is said to have been captured.

America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives

Outer Banks Scenic Byway, North Carolina

Starting Point: Kitty Hawk, NC

The Route: 91 miles along Highway 12 to Ocracoke

What to Expect: Breeze-swept beaches, towering dunes, and maritime-history museums lure wind sports enthusiasts and vacationers to this narrow skewer of barrier islands where sand piles on the two-lane highway like snowdrifts (sometimes requiring a plow), and picturesque towns are separated by lighthouses.

Where to Stop: Any of the beachside water-sport rentals; Cape Hatteras National Seashore for sand castles and a swim; car ferry to Ocracoke Island, an isolated town where Blackbeard is said to have been captured.

Aaron Tuell - Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
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