Always heading south – towards the sun…
At least this was our slogan, after leaving New York, Philadelphia and now Washington behind us.
At the very east most part of the USA in North Carolina you find the headland, which is also the south-easternmost point of the United States.
There is talk of the so called Outer Banks and one of their most significant landmarks, the Hatteras lighthouse.
In fact the Outer Banks are a 109 miles long promontory which divides the Atlantic ocean from the lagoon Pamlico Sounds.
And because of its location it was the next venue on our East coast road trip.
The Outer Banks, which consists of isles like Northern Beaches, Roanoke Island & Dare Mainland and Hatteras, are partially only connected via bridges.
And in some parts they are so narrow that they are barely wider than the street which connects them.
The history of Hatteras
Cape Hatteras, which has Indian origin, is with its around 500 citizen really small.
Whole Hatteras has a citizenship in total of 4,000.
The Hatteras Native People were also the first that founded the colony Croatoan.
Very interesting as well is the story of the “Lost colony” that happened in 1587.
116 men, women and children disappeared without any trace in the wilderness.
Just the word “croatoan” carved in an old oak was the only hint, that they decamped probably into this settlement.
A planned search party could never be sent due to extreme weather conditions.
So no one ever knew what happened to them.
From North to South
While everything is quite lively and busy in the north on beaches like Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills und Kitty Hawk, it becomes way more calm, quite and isolated southwards.
Hatteras as the southernmost point is indeed a more or less completely isolated isotope.
Fascinating with its unbelievably wild beauty, the solitude and last but not least a pretty well known place for surfers.
Absolutely worth seeing is the typical architecture of the houses along the Outer Banks.
Lightweight constructed houses with floorboards in many bright colors and forms are giving you many additional photo subjects here and there.
Graveyard of the Atlantic
Nearly the whole region of the Outer Banks are also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Heavy streams, shoals and an unpredictable stormy weather claimed the lives of countless people during the centuries.
In total more than 2,000 ships had sunk here.
In Hatteras you find the Graveyard Of The Atlantic Museum, which is literally about the stormy history of this region. Unfortunately there are also a lot of hurricanes in this region very often. In the year 2003 the hurricane Isabel was devastating heavily and even interrupted the Nordic access road NC State Route 12 from Nags Head.
Surfing and fishing at the Outer Banks
Windsurfing, Kayaking, Kite boarding and the good old swimming – regarding water sports anything is possible in Hatteras.
Next to Tourism the main source of income is the fishery.
Deep sea fishing for fishes like the blue and white Marlin, tuna, wahoo and Mahi Mahi is possible here.
The Hatteras lighthouse
As mentioned in the beginning – the dangers for seafaring along this coast were simply too high to just go on with things like that. That’s why the first light house was built in the year 1803 on Cape Hatteras.
In the year 1870 this lighthouse was replaced by the now still existing one in Cape Hatteras.
But whats so special about this Hatteras lighthouse?
Well with its height of 64 meters it is not only the highest lighthouse in the USA, but also the tallest brick lighthouse in the world.
Due to the permanent erosion the Hatteras lighthouse had to be moved incredible 884 meters towards the interior of the country in the year 1999.
Because of its location, its construction and last but not least its beautiful colors the lighthouse is a preferred motive for many visitors and travelers.
The brothers Wright and the Outer Banks
In the town with the snappy sounding name Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina you can find the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
A huge monument, 18 meters high and made of Granite reminds to the achievements of the Brothers Wright, which performed the first controlled motor flight in the world right here.
By the way, the name Kill Devil Hills comes from a shifting dune, which was stabilized later.
Hatteras and the Outer Banks really impressed us.
The wild ocean and the raw beauty in combination with the sweet solitude are offering a truly unique charm.
Pity just, that our plan only allowed one night at this amazing place. One more day would have given us the opportunity to check this whole place way more intense.
Also the light house itself was still closed during that time mid of march. With an entrance fee of $8 this would have been of course truly a highlight.
The view from up there should be incredible!
But we are anyway already back on track into the 370 miles distance located Myrtle Beach, where we made the next stop on our east coast road trip.
Myrtle Beach was also the first stop on our trip after all the winter escapades in Philadelphia and Washington, where slowly but surely the southern climate took place…
Til then, don’t be a turtle – see you at the Myrtle!
All our photo impressions you find find in the gallery