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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

National Park Drive, Hatteras Island, NC 27954
252-473-2111
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Stoneville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It is nice to visit certain parts of the seashore. There are certain parts you can visit where there is not a lot of visitors as you travel on NC12. You can have the entire beach to yourself. There are also parts that allow Off Road Vehicles on the beach (with a permit.)

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Driving down through the Outer Banks is always a beautiful and unique experience. Mile after mile of sand dune lined road, with breaks for ocean/sound access. It is one of Natures best treasures. Simply magnificent!

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The view was worth the climb! Plus the photos you'll get of America's. Lighthouse are guaranteed to perfect no matter what you're skill level. Great architecture always helps!

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

we go to hatteras almost every year it is a long drive from home but it is well worth it, away from all the craziness you get at places like ocean city maryland, not so many people water is nice, you can get permit to drive on the beach. good family vacation.

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Germantown
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I have been vacationing in OBX for many, many years and traveled to Hatteras often with my kids. This year I took my husband who had never been, and although the lighthouse was closed for the season for climbing (note, there is a fee to climb it) we still enjoyed being there and took some great photos of the lighthouse.... More

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

we have been coming to obx for years. started in nags head and moved south. it is unfortunate the there is uncontrolled building all over that will just spoil everything. for now the beach is beautiful. we just love it.

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Blue Mountains, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you've watched 'Nights in Rodanthe' you will have an inkling of the fantastic landscape that awaits you. Absolutely amazing.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

At low tide you can see some of the hulls of shipwrecked vessels which give the area the title "Graveyard of the Atlantic" The view, headed north from the Oregon Inlet bridge is spectacular. Great for a sunset viewing or anytime. Despite the government shutdown at this time, you can still view lots from the highway.

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New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We have been visiting the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for close to 20 years -- loving each summer and fall visit for all of the reasons listed above .... beautiful beach, birds, no commercialism, warm water, solitude. Last year the NPS instituted the $50 beach permit (which quite frankly they had been talking about for a number of years in... More

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Montreal, Canada
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203 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

With a simple to get permit, you can drive on the beach in designated areas, not only is this a great experience, but it gives you the freedom to spend the day on the beach with all your gear! Good for the week, 50$ charge for tourists!

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