The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a string of long, lithe barrier islands that fringe the northeast part of the state. Floating between the Atlantic Ocean and an inland system of wide, shallow sounds, the islands' best qualities are their remoteness from mainland ways yet their easy accessibility via bridges and ferries. Dotting the islands are 16 communities, each with its own distinct character and all of them family-oriented and friendly. One hundred miles of beaches, less crowded than those in many other East Coast vacation destinations, stretch along the Atlantic shoreline. The Outer Banks has much to offer the 7 million visitors which visit our area each year. We are home to four lighthouses (Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island), the site of the Wright Brother's first flight, America's oldest outdoor drama The Lost Colony, the largest sand dunes on the East Coast Jockey's Ridge State Park, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Roanoke Island Festival Park (home of many outdoor concerts throughout the summer season), the North Carolina Aquarium which was recently rated among the top ten aquariums in the United States and a host of family activities including water sports, hang gliding, bird watching, museums and art galleries.