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Wright Brothers National Memorial

A true testament to the origins of aviation history, this monument is also a visually impressive and inspiring feature of the North Carolina landscape.

If you’ve read about the first plane taking off near Kitty Hawk, visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial where this epochal moment occurred. Stand in the trail of history and see where Orville and Wilbur Wright flew their first four test flights between 1900 and 1903. 

The Wright Brothers were two bicycle mechanics originally from Dayton, Ohio. In Dayton they completed the majority of their research and planning before relocating to Kill Devil Hills to set up camp. The rather flat plains, heavy winds and seclusion of this area made it an excellent place for their initial flights. Appreciate the perseverance and ingenuity that these two brothers displayed in inventing a marvel of human achievement, the airplane. 

Be sure to see the visitor center for the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Here learn about the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright, their many groundbreaking experiments and the seminal four flights that changed the world. Take a walk along the exact flight path used by the Wright Brothers’ first test aircrafts. 

Tour the reconstructed 1903 buildings where the Wright Brothers camped during their stays. Visit the Wright Brothers Monument and take a picture under the giant monolith. Get a close look at an artistic brass rendering of the aircraft that made the historic flight on December 17, 1903. 

Entrance to the memorial requires a fee. To get here, drive 77 miles (120 kilometers) south from the city of Norfolk, Virginia or 144 miles (232 kilometers) east from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Spend the night in the town of Kill Devil Hills or in any of the towns located along the coastline. 

The memorial is located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks coastline. Enjoy the scenic drive up the coast as you travel to the narrow stretch of land that leads to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Treat yourself at the end of your day of sightseeing by looking out over a beautiful nearby harbor as the sun sets. 


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Travelodge by Wyndham Outer Banks/Kill Devil Hills $75
Travelodge by Wyndham Outer Banks/Kill Devil Hills

Travelodge by Wyndham Outer Banks/Kill Devil Hills

804 North Virginia Dare Trail, NC 12, Kill Devil Hills, NC
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Wright Brothers National Memorial and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Avalon Fishing Pier. Jockey's Ridge State Park and Nags Head Golf Links are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Shutters on the Banks $116
    Shutters on the Banks

    Shutters on the Banks

    405 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kill Devil Hills, this beachfront hotel is in a national park, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Destination Fun, and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Wright Brothers National Memorial. Avalon Fishing Pier and Nags Head Woods Preserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront $95
      Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront

      Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront

      1701 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Kill Devil Hills hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Destination Fun and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wright Brothers National Memorial. Nags Head Woods Preserve and Seaside Art Gallery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Best Western Ocean Reef Suites $76
        Best Western Ocean Reef Suites

        Best Western Ocean Reef Suites

        107 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Kill Devil Hills hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Destination Fun and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Wright Brothers National Memorial. Avalon Fishing Pier and Nags Head Woods Preserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Days Inn by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills Oceanfront - Wilbur $72
          Days Inn by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills Oceanfront - Wilbur

          Days Inn by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills Oceanfront - Wilbur

          201 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Kill Devil Hills motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Destination Fun and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Avalon Fishing Pier and Nags Head Woods Preserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Outer Banks Inn $67
            Outer Banks Inn

            Outer Banks Inn

            1003 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Destination Fun and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Wright Brothers National Memorial. Nags Head Woods Preserve and Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront $80
              Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront

              Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront

              401 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Destination Fun and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Avalon Fishing Pier are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills-Mariner $68
                Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills-Mariner

                Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills-Mariner

                1801 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Kill Devil Hills motel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Wright Brothers National Memorial. Avalon Fishing Pier and Hemingway Gallery are also within 2 mi (3 km).