Jockey's Ridge State Park has 420 acres that encompass the tallest sand dune on the East Coast (about 80 to 100 feet). Walk along the 360-foot boardwalk from the visitor center to the edge of the dune. The climb to the top is a challenge; nevertheless, it's a popular spot for hang gliding, kite flying, and sand boarding. You can also explore an estuary, a museum, and a self-guide trail through the park. In summer, join the free Sunset on the Ridge program: watch the sun
disappear while you sit on the dunes and learn about their local legends and history. Covered footwear is a wise choice here, as the loose sand gets quite hot in the summer months.