The barrier islands that compose North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a fisherman’s paradise and more. There’s plenty of do-it-yourself pier and surf action and regular offshore charters. Brackish and freshwater Pamlico, Croatan, Albemarle, and Roanoke Sounds divide the 175-mile island chain and mainland.Roanoke Island is home to the North Carolina Aquarium and Elizabethan Gardens. The Wright Brothers National Memorial marks the birthplace of air travel. Other must-sees include Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses. Opportunities abound for camping, canoeing, crabbing, kayaking, windsurfing, and bird-watching. 800-446-6262;