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The Outer Banks

Kitty Hawk of Wright Brothers fame, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Rodanthe, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke -- these are the names of the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks is a string of sandy barrier islands more than 130 miles long that curve into the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreline. The islands are filled with hideaways where wildlife take refuge and nature lovers watch. There are quiet beaches for sport or peace. History here dates back to America's very beginnings.

Outer Banks

Biltmore House


Biltmore House
Explore a Real-Life Castle

George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat is in Asheville, NC. Original art from masters such as Renoir, 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. This French Renaissance chateáu is America's largest privately owned home.

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