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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

National Park Drive, Hatteras Island, NC 27954
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches
Description: A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Follow Rte. 12 to the Southern end of Nags Head and turn left at the intersection or you will head towards Manteo. As soon as you turn you enter Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There is a visitor center on the right where you can get your National Parks Passport book stamped. Stop at Bodie Island Light and the marina at... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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116 reviews 116 reviews
19 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We love the Ocracoke beach of Hatteras National Seashore. Long expanses of open beach, and in September, still sunny and warm, beautiful turquoise water. We got a beach driving permit (be responsible, people!) and spent two full days out on the sand. There was plenty of room, and the closures for sea turtle nesting didn't bother us. It does seem... More

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Cherry Plain, NY
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

While staying in Nag's Head we drove the approximately 40 miles to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and to visit the lighthouse that was moved inland a few years ago. A nice piece of nautical history.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were on the beach for several hours and pretty much had the whole beach to ourselves. We were able to see several different types of crabs and birds

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Upstate, NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a beautiful seashore. The sand is soft and fine, and the seagrass whispers in the breeze. The beach is full of wildlife, from the crabs that skitter across the sand and duck into holes, to the brown pelicans swooping down into the ocean in search of dinner. The beach is long, and it was always easy to find... More

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Lakewood, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have many great things to say about this destination! The weather was good, the water is warm, the beach is beautiful, and there are enough amenities to keep everyone happy. The house we rented was in the town of Waves and we were located only a two minute walk away from the ocean. They were great sunsets and moon... More

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Morris County, NJ
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Driving on the beach is amazing; have a 4WD or AWD - AND A BEACH PERMIT - if you do. It's the ocean and, as such, would get 5 stars if it wasn't for the heavy cost of the beach permit ($100/year) and the increasing regulations regarding beach driving, Come while you can before overzealous environmentalists kill beach access and... More

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Manassas va
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176 reviews 176 reviews
83 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

So beautiful. It is such a view while driving to Cape Hatteras. Wish I had more time to see all the various things that this location has to offer. Wasn't crowded when I drove it but I can tell during the summer I can see how the roads can get crowded.

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Hockessin, Delaware
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Drove Rt 12 north on the journey from North Carolina to Delaware. Weather was gorgeous, clear and cool, and Hatteras National Seashore did not disappoint. This is a gem that is worth visiting despite its remote location. We hiked out to the Point after visiting the lighthouse Memorable trip to this location that is always featured in the reports of... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our family heads down to Hatteras every summer for a week long trip with my parents and in laws. I have often thought of gathering clams and I finally borrowed a couple of clam rakes and a plastic floating basket. After reading about the options online and asking several locals at the bait shops, we headed down to the end... More

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