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Northern Beaches

The small northern beach settlements of Corolla and Duck are largely seasonal, residential enclaves full of summer rental homes and condominiums. Drive slowly in Corolla, where freely wandering, federally protected wild horses always have the right of way. Duck is dotted with upscale restaurants and shops. Kitty Hawk and contiguous Kill Devil Hills, with a combined population of about 10,000 residents, has fewer rental accommodations, but more chain retail. The towns' respective roles in the drama of the first powered flight occasionally create some confusion. When arriving at the Outer Banks, the Wright brothers first stayed in the then-remote fishing village of Kitty Hawk, but their flight took place some 4 miles south on Kill Devil Hills, a gargantuan sand dune where the Wright Brothers National Memorial now stands.

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