After crossing the bridge over the Currituck Sound, one of the first towns you meet on the islands of the Outer Banks is Kitty Hawk, the birthplace of American aviation, the site of the Wright Brothers’ first flight and a quaint Carolina beach town with enough to do but also plenty of opportunities to relax.
Wake up to the sounds of the Atlantic waves crashing on shore and a fresh cup of coffee or a healthy smoothie at Outer Bean Café.
It wouldn’t be a historic visit to Kitty Hawk without visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial. Technically in the town of Kill Devil Hills, the memorial sits atop a grassy knoll and commemorates the location of the first flight in 1903. The museum on the grounds features a replica of the brothers’ plane and a chance to learn more about why the brothers chose this location and how they took to the skies for the first time in history.
Savor a local lunch of North Carolina barbecue at High Cotton, where dishes include pulled pork barbecue, ribs, beef brisket and a bevy of stews.
An Outer Banks sunset must be taken in atop Jockey’s Ridge, two of the East Coast’s tallest sand dunes that require a strenuous climb but offer views of the Atlantic Ocean and the sunset over the sound in the opposite direction. Visitors to the dunes in the neighboring town of Nags Head can also partake in hangliding, sand-boarding and kite-flying before the sun goes down.
After sunset, treat yourself to a delectable dinner at Trio, an Italian bistro that focuses on artisan cheeses, hand-cured meats and homemade ingredients, plus 24 different beer taps!
Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise for a multitude of reasons, from documentary movies revealing the treatment of the animals humans consume to the economic and environmental impacts of consuming meat and other animal-based foods. Cities around the world are more well-aware than ever that they need to satisfy visitors of any dietary choice or taste. A study conducted by WalletHub resulted in a list of the best U.S. cities for vegetarians and vegans using 17 criteria, including the number of restaurants that serve meatless options, the cost of groceries for non-meat eaters and the number of salad shops per capita. And the results are in.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Ever stepped onboard a long-haul flight and cringed at the site of your seat? You might envy short people who have ample room to spread out, but they have their own unique brand of problems. Dangling short legs off a seat for hours is less than ideal, especially if lower back issues are also involved.