Outer Banks

May 28 – June 3, 2024

This Outer Banks adventure explores the intersection of myths and legends with reality. Participants will explore the impact of local tales on the community and consider who benefits from this tradition. Experience ghost tours, maritime lore, and pirate legends that shape the area’s identity. The program uncovers how storytelling and lore is used in this coastal haven.

Trip Details

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What impact does the tradition of telling myths and legends have on the local population?

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Itinerary - 7 days

Travel from Los Angeles to Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Begin your adventure at Island Farm, a living history site interpreting daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. Take part in blacksmithing and corn husk doll making to discover how life was lived in the past. Later, consider the greater history of the place at Roanoke Island Festival Park. You will analyze the Roanoke Voyages and how European colonization impacted the people and land of the place.

Visit Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Witness the wide variety of unique and rare birds that can be seen as you paddle a kayak through this beautiful salt marsh of Pamlico Sound.

Continue to explore the area’s waters through the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station with stories of past daring ocean rescues over the years. 

Engage with the Coastal Studies Institute with an interactive workshop on coastal communities and the animals and people that inhabit them.

Then learn more about the mysteries of the islands watching The Lost Colony play that includes representation of the Native American and colonial history.

The quaint village of Corolla is home to Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Take a walk to this lighthouse built in 1875 and still active today.

Then head over to the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum where you will get to learn from a local storyteller about the only lifesaving station in the US to have been manned by a crew of all Black men.

Then enjoy exploring the downtown of Manteo where you will have a chance to browse local shops and take part in a candlelight walking tour. Join Manteo’s retired Police Chief Francis D’Ambra to explore the Historic Waterfront of Old Manteo for an entertaining mix of the many “firsts,” lore, tales, and history that make Dare County “The Land of Beginnings.”

The dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial for a ranger tour to learn what happened to create the first flights.

Later, spend the afternoon exploring immersive exhibits at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to breathe in the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island. Then take a guided tour through the Elizabethan Gardens, designed for Queen Elizabeth I during her reign.

Once night falls, take part in an OBX ghost tour and discover what makes the Outer Banks the spookiest beach in America!

Begin your journey home.

Health & Safety

Insight has delivered international trips for a wide variety of audiences, including both adults and youths, since 2013. Our top priority from start to finish is the health and well-being of our participants. In the event conditions change while on trip, Insight may need to adjust the itinerary to ensure participant health and safety.

As with all trips, risks do exist and participants will need to complete Acknowledgement of Risk documentation prior to departure. Insight will take every precaution to ensure this experience is truly unforgettable, all for the right reasons. To learn more about our health and safety practices, please contact us.

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