I took my first every trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday. Had book signing in Duck. There's many quaint little shops that I want to see, plus the Wright Brothers Memorial. (I did catch a glimpse of it on the hill as I drove by.) Will return next spring when the crowds are not there - and the heat is missing, too!
One thing I noticed, and I had seen it on other NC beaches as well, you cannot see the beach from the road. Because of the small sand dunes they create as a barrier and the long line of condos and beach houses that occupy the entire length of the beaches, one cannot see the ocean. This is such an extreme contrast to the coastline of Oregon, where the road runs right along the beaches and cliffs, providing ample photo opportunities and views of the ocean.
There's also no place to access the beach! I counted ONE public access beach along almost 20 miles of road. ONE!!!!!! There's no parking around the condos, so that one beach is the only option for someone not renting a place for the summer. It's like they are penalizing you for not staying there. "You don't pay to stay, you don't get to see the beach!" Oregon had many places to park and walk down to the beach - state parks galore, public access beaches, restaurants on the waterfront, scenic view spots off the highway, etc. There are some beach houses, but they do not block the way or the view and do not occupy every spare inch of beach front!!!!!
I'll take a beautiful Oregon beach anytime!!!