Choosing what to do for a vacation can be a daunting task. There are adventure packages, relaxation packages, arts packages–the list goes on and on. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a one-stop shop for all your vacation needs? There is! When you vacation with us, we give you a little bit of everything! Without a doubt, one of the most amazing vacations we offer is a bike tour in Outer Banks, NC. This amazing place boasts scenic ocean views, unparalleled wildlife viewing, and a plethora of historic landmarks. If you’re looking for a beach vacation that is just a little bit more than that, let us take you on a wonderful and exciting journey by bicycle.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing places in the Outer Banks is the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. This 5,834-acre refuge was established in 1937 in an effort to protect the over 365 species of birds that either nest in or migrate through the area. Amazingly enough, this national refuge area depends almost entirely on the generous support and service hours of dedicated volunteers. Through their efforts, this wildlife sanctuary has become a haven for photographers, bird watchers, fishermen, and kayakers, as well as birds. Don’t miss an opportunity to see this remarkable place!
Kill Devil Hills
Of course, no visit to the Outer Banks would be complete without a stop at Kill Devil Hills. On December 17 of 1903, 2 brothers by the names of Orville and Wilbur decided to try their hands at aviation. Luckily for us, they succeeded and ushered in the era of the airplane. For those who love history, nothing can beat standing in the place where the Wright brothers had their first successful flight. While the actual town of Kill Devil Hills did not exist until well after that momentous occasion, its citizens have not allowed their visitors to forget what happened there.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Finally, a vacation to the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” certainly requires a visit to one of the area’s several famous lighthouses. One of these outposts of days gone by is the Bodie Island Lighthouse. If folklore is your thing, we invite you to talk to the locals about how this lighthouse, properly pronounced “body,” with a short “o” sound, came to get its name.
Adding to the myth and mystery of this particular lighthouse is the fact that it has seen 3 reincarnations. The first lighthouse, built on this spot in 1847, was abandoned due to unsafe conditions. The second embodiment was burned by Confederate troops. Finally, in 1872, the lighthouse that stands today was erected in an effort to prevent more deaths in this infamous part of the ocean. Due to a recent renovation, this is one of the few lighthouses in which the public is allowed to climb to the top and look out over the ocean.