Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

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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  • There was still a lot to see and do even though the visitors center is currently closed while undergoing renovation.  more »
  • very enjoyable ... it's an hour&half max visit and the staffing is sparse, but the memorial and details are good. the main visitor centre is currently closed which was a shame, but a good $7 well spen...  more »
  • The 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville’s first flight on December 17, 2003, drew large crowds to the Wright Brothers National Memorial on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Things have been quieter si...  more »
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  • As so get older, history means so much more. Visiting the birthplace of flight brings history alive. Have spent time in Dayton OH; this compliments the Wright Brothers story. Recommend bringing your walking shoes for intermediate tourist hike. Plan to spend at least two hours. The ocean view is also fabulous, as this is a promontory point. Bring something warm on cooler days because the humidity is high and slight breezes can bring on a chill factor. Read the markers carefully. The park rangers are fabulous. It's all good.
  • If you're looking for a nice walk where man first flew, then this is the place! Great scenery and when you get to the top of the monument, you can see all the standing area. From side to side of the island. Great view.
  • What a fantastic way to spend our day! My husband and I went to the Wright Brothers memorial and we found it so interesting to stand where man flew for the first time and now to think we're watching spaceX launch a Tesla in space is bizarre! Highly recommend visiting the wright brothers memorial and learning about the history that took place back in 1903!
  • One of the must-see places on any trip to the Outer Banks, the Wright Brothers National Memorial is a well maintained park with plenty of space to run around and explore. The museum is the perfect size for a quick trip to learn about the Wright's historical flight. There are frequently events here such as massive kite flying and glider enthusiasts gatherings that you never know what you might see when you visit.
  • What a great time learning some of the history of the Wright Brothers work in flight! We had a spectacular time, and the tour was really informative. They don't only talk about the history, but some about the science and mechanics and the troubles the Wright Brothers worked through to accomplish their feat. Was really well-priced.

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