Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

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Learn how airplane travel got its start at Wright Brothers National Memorial. The site commemorates the first successful powered flight in 1903. Although Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, receives more attention, the site lies several miles south near the town of Kill Devil Hills. You can visit the memorial's granite monument, which pays tribute to Orville and Wilbur Wright and other pioneers of aviation, as it stands more than 18 m (60 ft) tall on a hill above town. Go to the visitors center to view a full-size replica of the first aircraft, as well as models, tools, and a recreation of the aircraft hangar used in the endeavor. Plan your visit to Wright Brothers National Memorial and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kill Devil Hills travel itinerary planner .
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  • My family enjoyed this piece of history, and my guess is yours will too. The visitor center was under construction while I was there.  more »
  • We spent more time here than I thought we would. Definitely visit the sculpture around the back. I'm not sure what the policy is regarding climbing on the plane, but it seemed quite disrespectful to m...  more »
  • Chuck Yeager, Neil Armstrong, & Buzz Aldrin & me! Very primitive living quarters for them , to see in detail. My National Parks senior pass got us free entry. Plenty of books etc, in gift shop.  more »
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  • This is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in aviation or history. This is the site of the first powered flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright, and it is possible to walk the very path of this historic moment. The memorial is one of the highest places on the island, with great views of both the ocean and sound sides. A full-scale model of the wright flyer can be found in the visitors center, where frequent short educational programs are provided. There is also a gift shop and neat collection of artifacts from that era in a small museum. This site also frequently hosts aviation-themed events including fly-ins utilizing the adjacent small airport. Can be hot and crowded in the summer, but definitely worth your time.
  • A true amazing piece of American history. The area is where the Wright brothers were able to first sustain a manned flight. The field has markers showing the first four flights and a massive monument on top of Kill Devil Hill. If you are planning to climb the hill definitely do some stretches, it can be a little steep but should be accessible to most people. When we went all of the buildings were shut down for renovation but hopefully will be back in use soon. The best thing to do is listen to the park rangers explain the history of the area, it's truly fascinating. Also, pay attention to park hours, they are pretty strict about closing at 5pm.
  • The day I came here was beautiful and the monument looked really stunning against the brilliant blue sky. After a steep walk up the hill, you are rewarded with a beautiful 360 degree view of the town, coast and forest surrounding the monument. There's less to do here than I had hoped, but it was still a very lovely memorial and beautiful site.
  • Normally the facility is very nice, however right now they are doing renovations that won't be finished until mid 2018. Nevertheless, the Park Rangers are very friendly and educational. There is free kite flying certain mornings from 9-11am where they will loan you a kite. It is a bit of a walk up to the monument so be prepared for that. Once you're up there, the view is spectacular though.
  • We recently went to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial and absolutely loved it. We were disappointed to hear that the visitor center was closed due to renovations (expected to be finished in 2018) but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Instead of walking around the visitor center on our own we joined in on a ranger talk and we were BLOWN AWAY! Dan (or Don - couldn't quite read his badge) gave the best talk that we've heard at a national park!! We left feeling far more knowledgeable on Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers than when we came, were humbled, and inspired. We spent about an hour at the memorial including our tour. Would highly recommend!

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