Hotel at a Glance: Beachwoods Resort
Beachwoods Resort recently underwent quite the update. Hot off the heels of a $100 million renovation, the resort now boasts beautifully revamped cabin lodges and suites, as well as an updated indoor water park perfect for the whole family and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
- Stay entertained at the heated indoor water park with an interactive water play structure, flume slide, hydro jet spa, current river, water sprays, lap pool, and jetted hot tub.
- Explore nature as you follow trails winding through the property’s 100 forested acres. The adjoining Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve features swamp, marsh, and forest habitats where you may spot river otters, egrets, and frogs.
- On the waterfront: Park right next to the beach to dip your toes in the sand.
- Stay active on tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.
The Northern Beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks: Idyllic Towns, Sand Dunes, and Wright Brothers History
Dubbed the “East Coast’s recreational playground” by Frommer’s, the Outer Banks is a string of narrow barrier islands that hugs the northern coast of North Carolina. Vacationers have flocked to the islands’ postcard-worthy beaches and idyllic villages since the 18th century. The most northerly island in the Outer Banks, Bodie Island, is home to five such towns, known collectively as the Northern Beaches: Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head.
Head to Kill Devil Hills to see the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park, where a large granite boulder commemorates the spot where the world’s first powered flight took off, in 1903. The memorial also includes replicas of the brothers’ early gliders. Just outside the town of Nags Head lie some of the East Coast’s tallest natural sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Strong winds off the ocean constantly reshape the dunes and make the area a popular spot for hang-gliding and flying kites. Make the drive south to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, nicknamed the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” for the many ships that have crashed into its dangerous sandbars during storms. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, whose iconic exterior is a swirl of black and white stripes.