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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Mile post 7.5 on U.S. Highway 158 | Kill Devil Hills, NC | Official website
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  • Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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If you flew to the Outer Banks, you have the Wright Brothers to thank. In 1900, the two moved here from Ohio for the area's steady winds to pursue their aviation dreams. After three years of experimentation, the first flight was born in Kill Devil Hills. Today, a 60-foot monument in the shape of an airplane tail marks this significant flight. To get a glimpse into the brothers' lives, visitors can visit their restored hangar and home. You should also look through the interesting exhibits set up in the visitor center.

There is a small price tag for admission into the memorial; it is free for kids ages 15 and under. The park is open daily year-round and park rangers are around if you have questions. One TripAdvisor user suggests getting there early to beat the heat and says: "This took us about 1 1/2 hours and we really didn't rush through it. If you choose to sit in on a ranger talk or watch the move there, it can take 2-3 hours."

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