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Outer Banks, NC: Wild and Wonderful

Outer Banks, NC: Wild and Wonderful

Experience the breathtaking beauty and coastal charm, along with the history of flight on this unforgettable vacation getaway to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

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Outer Banks, NC: Wild and Wonderful

Trip Duration: 5 Days

 

 

Trip Inclusions:

  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Tour Director

  • Overnight accommodations

  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation

  • Baggage handling and related gratuities

  • Taxes

 

 

Trip Highlights:

 

Wild Horse Tour

Enjoy a wild horse tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. Ride into their "Outback" area in a Safari vehicle past the road's end, traversing several refuge areas and sanctuary sites like the Wild Horse Estates Conservation easement. Along the way you will often see a variety of shore birds and other wildlife and of course the Colonial Spanish Mustangs! Learn the history and local lore and discover what makes this wild part of the Outer Banks unlike any other place on earth, interpreted by Corolla's most experienced guide service! Tours will run if there is a light rain. Tours will not depart in heavy downpours or thunderstorms.

 

Timbuck II

Enjoy free time for shopping and dining at Timbuk II with over 60 exciting shops, restaurants and recreation, overlooking the Currituck Sound on the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina.

 

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

This educational facility is dedicated to exploring coastal North Carolina's wildlife, natural history, and heritage. Part of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is located in Corolla, at beautiful Currituck Heritage Park, between Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Whalehead. The Center offers both indoor and outdoor attractions for visitors to enjoy. The tour is self-guided and includes a 20-minute feature presentation, "Life by Water's Rhythms," screening daily in the auditorium. The documentary explores the role of Currituck Sound in the natural and cultural history of the region. Also visit the N.C. Wild Store offering nature-oriented merchandise, including books, posters, gifts, artwork, and apparel.

 

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

On December 1, 1875 the beacon of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse filled the remaining "dark spot" on the North Carolina coast between the Cape Henry light to the north and Bodie Island to the south. Twenty years ago, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was in need of repair. The nonprofit Outer Banks Conservationists (OBC) was created to preserve the lighthouse when no one else was willing to step in and restore the national landmark. Since then, the OBC has spent more than two decades and nearly 1.5 million from private dollars restoring, maintaining and operating the lighthouse. The OBC opened the lighthouse to the public in 1991.

 

Whalehead

Take a step back in time when you visit Whalehead in Historic Corolla! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has been restored to its original grandeur. This stunning and immaculately maintained residence was once a military barracks locale, a boarding school, a rocket fuel testing site, and then, for a short time, a deserted residence. Located inside Currituck Heritage Park, the museum is situated on 39 acres of pristine waterfront property, and is located in the heart of Historic Corolla.

 

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The current Bodie Island Lighthouse was built in the model of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, except for having an exposed granite base. Today, the lighthouse is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The lighthouse itself is not open, but the old keeper's house is open as a visitor's center and museum.

 

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation's most complete sites. It is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Built and manned in 1874, Chicamacomico was the first United States Life-Saving Service station in North Carolina, dedicated to the sole purpose of rescuing lives in peril from the sea.

 

Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum

The first successful, sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. A 60-foot granite monument dedicated in 1932, is perched atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill commemorating the achievement of these two visionaries from Dayton, Ohio. Our visit includes touring the museum exhibits, touring the reconstructed camp buildings and first flight trail area, and a climb up Kill Devil Hill to view the memorial pylon.

 

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

The waters off North Carolina's Outer Banks entomb thousands of vessels and countless mariners who lost a desperate struggle against the forces of war, piracy and nature. The Graveyard of the Atlantic, with one of the highest densities of shipwrecks in the world, holds some of America's most important maritime history. More than just a collection of artifacts, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a premier cultural attraction for the Atlantic Seaboard and one of the finest, most innovative maritime facilities in the nation.

 

Local Historian Talk

Scott Dawson will join us during dinner (on day 3) to share his historical knowledge of Roanoke Island.

 

Dolphin Watch Tour

Join us on a unique eco-tour to search for wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Also, view the wildlife of the Outer Banks! Biologists run these dolphin tours as part of their research on these beloved aquatic animals. So, you know this will be an interesting trip. Passengers will be able to see how researchers with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, a nonprofit organization, conduct their research. You'll hear about some of the discoveries from more than a decade of studies and monitoring. Conducted on 40-foot covered pontoon boats in the Roanoke Sound, the trip takes around 2 hours. Along the way, researchers will talk about their work and share their discoveries from their ongoing study. While the boat is moving, dolphins will be playing in their natural habitat alongside the vessel. Passengers will also learn about the pelicans, osprey and other birds that congregate in the sounds, as well as the ecology and history of this dynamic area. The Outer Banks is an ideal place to take a dolphin boat trip to learn more about these miraculous creatures. These excursions will get you close enough to safely connect with these incredible animals and to experience them in the wild, in a world where humans are visitors, and the bottlenose dolphin is happily at home.

 

 

Meal Information:

 

Dinner on Day 1 will be served at the Jolly Roger and offers the following choices:

  • Chicken Parm with pasta side

  • Chopped Sirloin Steak with baked potato & veggie medley

  • Pasta Primavera with assorted seasonal vegetables and light cream sauce

 

Dinner on Day 3 will be served at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe and offers the following choices:

  • Parmesan Encrusted Chicken Breast with Parmesan Cream Sauce

  • Chef's Choice fresh fish

  • Fresh Green Tail Shrimp (Broiled)

  • Chef's Chicken Pasta

  • Pasta Primavera with Vodka Cream Sauce

Entrees are served with House Salad, Potato of the Day (except pasta dishes), Seasonal Vegetable, Homemade Corn Bread. Dessert is Key Lime Pie served along with fresh Brewed Sweet Tea or Unsweetened Tea, Coffee or Water. Alcoholic drinks for purchase on own.

 

Menu subject to change.

 

 

Need to Know:

Wild Horse Tour - This is an off road tour in a Safari vehicle. The terrain will be bumpy and unstable. Tours will run if there is a light rain. Tours will not depart in heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Dress accordingly.

 

 

Accessibility:

Whalehead - Only the first floor is wheelchair accessible. Guests must navigate stairs to access the upper floors.

 

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

Day 1:

Travel to Kitty Hawk, NC
Lunch on own en route
Check in for four overnights at Hilton Garden Inn
Dinner included at Jolly Roger

Day 2:

Breakfast included at hotel
Full day of Sightseeing with Outer Banks Native Guide
Admission to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station
Lunch on own
Photo Op at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Photo Op at Bodie Island Lighthouse
Admission to Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum
Return to hotel
Dinner on own

Day 3:

Breakfast included at hotel
Travel to Corolla, NC
Admission to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Visit the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Admission and Guided Tour of Whalehead in Historic Corolla
Free time for lunch on own and shopping at Timbuck II
Enjoy a Wild Horse Tour with Corolla Outback Adventures
Return to hotel to freshen up
Travel to Nags Head, NC
Dinner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
Talk from historian Scott Dawson about Roanoke Island

Day 4:

Breakfast included at hotel
Dolphin Watch Tour with the Outer Banks Dolphin Research Center
Lunch and free time on own in Manteo
Rest of afternoon and evening on own

Day 5

Breakfast included at hotel
Check out
Travel home
Lunch on own en route

Subject to Change

Itinerary subject to change

Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk, NC

Welcome to Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk hotel, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina. Admire views of the beautiful beach at the fishing pier from the private balcony of your guest room.

 

The hotel features a restaurant, indoor and outdoor (seasonal) pools and a fitness room. Guestrooms include coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/board, microwave, and mini-refrigerator.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available for this tour. Pick up points vary by departure date so to see which date(s) your preferred location(s) is available, click “view” below.

Note: Not all pick-up points are available for all tours or all departure dates. Also, with less than 3 people booked from a pick-up point, that pick-up point may be changed or eliminated. If so, we will alert you approximately 30 days prior to departure.

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City, State Address
Bensalem, PA (MAIN) Best Western Plus Phila Bensalem (MAIN)
3499 Street Rd Bensalem, PA
Cherry Hill, NJ (SHUTTLE) Cherry Hill Train Station Parking Lot (SHUTTLE)
Next to ShopRite at 2240 W Marlton Pike
Chester, PA (MAIN/HUB) Harrah's Philadelphia Casino (MAIN/HUB)
777 Harrah's Blvd Chester, PA
Hamilton, NJ (MAIN) Hamilton Station Park & Ride Garage (MAIN)
800 Sloan Avenue Hamilton, NJ
Iselin, NJ (SHUTTLE) APA Hotel Woodbridge (SHUTTLE)
120 S Wood Ave Iselin, NJ
Phila (NE), PA (MAIN) Phila (Northeast) KleinLife (MAIN)
10100 Jamison Ave (at Red Lion Rd) Philadelphia PA
Phila(South), PA (SHUTTLE Oregon Diner 302 W Oregon Ave (at 3rd St) (SHUTTLE
Philadelphia, PA
Toms River, NJ (SHUTTLE) Toms River Park & Ride (SHUTTLE)
400 Highland Parkway S. Toms River, NJ
Wall Twnship NJ (SHUTTLE) Judy Blume Service Area (SHUTTLE)
100 Garden State Parkway Wall, NJ

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