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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Tidewater + Outer Banks, North Carolina

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  • The Wright Brothers Monument before a classic Outer Bank's sunset.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Looking up the path to the monument.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • The walkways are wide and mellow.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • People can bike to the memorial.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Inscription on the Wright Brothers Memorial.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • View from the visitor center side of the memorial.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Looking down the stretch of land where the first flight in history was made.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Visiting the monument at the top of the hill is worth the climb.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Wilbur Wright statue.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • A historical display on the memorial's southern side.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Orville Wright's profile against an orange sky.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Inscription on the monument.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Faith inscription on the monument.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • The Wright Brothers Memorial is a great place to visit with your family.- Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Pros: 
Beautiful view of the surrounding area. Informative museum. Historical significance.
Cons: 
Can get crowded.
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Region:
Tidewater + Outer Banks, NC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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On December 17, 1907, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first airplane flight in history in what is now Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Decades later, the Wright Brothers National Memorial remains as a monument to their achievement. The memorial is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is an essential destination for any Outer Banks vacation. There are multiple areas of the memorial to check out, including the monument, the visitor center, and the flight line. All areas are handicapped-accessible, and there are wide sidewalks connecting everything.  

Visitors can walk down the stretch of land where the Wright brothers made their first flight and up to the monument that towers over the surrounding land. Inscribed on the monument is a tribute to Wilbur and Orville's achievement: "In commemoration of the conquest of the air by the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, conceived by genius and achieved by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith."

Climbing the hill up to the monument offers great views of the surrounding area as well as a perfect sunset viewing spot. To access the area after 5 p.m., visitors can park at the First Flight Airport behind the memorial.

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