Site of the world's first controlled-powered flights by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903. Museum exhibits, reproduction of the 1903 airplane and 1902 glider. Monument to the Wright Brothers, reproduction of living quarters and hangar. First flight grounds. From the highest mountains on the East Coast, to rolling hills and cityscapes, to 300 miles of beaches, you'll find countless things to see and do in North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains are two of the most-visited attractions in the National Park Service, and Cape Hatteras holds the title of the country's first national seashore. Unwind at award-winning spas or catch a performance of two of the nation's longest-running outdoor dramas. Savor fresh seafood, local barbecue, and small-batch beer, wine and spirits. Or visit the past on Civil War trails and historic sites. However you define a great vacation, you'll find it here. North Carolina's 300 miles of barrier island beaches beckon visitors near and far year-round. And while sand, sun and surf are major attractions, there's so much else to explore. Stroll through quaint coastal towns like Southport to experience a slower pace of life. Unwind at a beach resort or vacation rental for a family trip or romantic getaway. Camp at a coastal state park or take on waves at Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp near Wilmington. And if adventure's your thing, you can find it in the Outer Banks with a hang gliding class at Jockey's Ridge or an encounter with the wild horses of Corolla and Shackleford Banks.