Wright Brothers Monument in Kill Devil Hills. One of many things ideal for the whole family to do.

It’s always nice to be recognized—or recognized for doing something well, and it looks as though the Outer Banks is doing vacations very well indeed.  The Outer Bank was just named the #1 in Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA by US News and World Report.

That’s certainly not surprising for those of us who live and work here or for the many visitors who stop by for a week or two every year. Still it’s nice that the editors of US News have identified the Outer Banks as a great place to have a family vacation.

They point out—and rightfully so—that our beaches are the main attraction, but there is a lot for the whole family to do away from the beach. 

When putting together their list, there is a lot of focus on our main attractions—Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our lighthouses and the Wright Bothers Memorial. 

They even through in a couple of surprises.

Roanoke Island festival Park gets a nod. We’re all in favor of that, but sometimes this 10 acre jewell of a park doesn’t get the recognition it should.

The NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island is also mentioned—which is great!

There are, however, some attractions that didn’t seem to make the list.

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head isn’t included. As piers go, there’s nothing else quite like it. The other fishing piers are pretty cool and have lots of character, but Jennette’s Pier, pudding 1000’ into the surf with it’s three wind turbines is really something work seeing.

There is also no mention of the Whalehead Club in Corolla. Resting at the base of Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the Club and the surrounding ground also include the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, which is a wonderful, but small museum that explores life on the Currituck Sound.

Still it’s a good list and worth checking out.