Since we planned to see the Wright Brothers National Memorial, it made sense to stop at the Monument to a Century of Flight. It was time well spent. The monument consists of an orbit of wing-shaped pylons in ascending heights. The "wings" contain a century of information from the first flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903 to space travel in 2003. In the center, a bronze earth emerges from the ground. Visitors may spend a few minutes to an hour here depending on level of interest.
This monument is not well marked. It is actually across the visitor center access road on a rise of ground, and it has it's own parking lot, althought it is easy enough to walk over from the visitor center. If traveling east on Hwy. 158 from the mainland, after crossing the bridge, look for the highway to turn south (right). Just in the curve, a visitor center sign directs tourists onto a circular drive to the right. Once on the circular drive, the visitor center and its parking is on the left. Less than half way around, the Monument to a Century of Flight and its parking lot is on the right. The monument area is not plainly visible from the road; from the parking lot, a short sidewalk leads uphill to the monument.
Information about the monument may be found at the monument website: www.monumenttoacenturyofflight.org/
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