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Only In Your State | August 2015 “Here Are The 10 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In North Carolina”

The Telegraph | September 2015 “10 of America’s Best State Parks”

Business Insider | July 2015 “23 Best Beaches of America”

USA Today | June 2015 “10 Best Island Escapes You Can Drive To”

Fox News | July 2015 “America’s Best Boardwalks”

MSN Travel-Country Living | June 2015 “The Most Beautiful Lighthouses in America”

Trip Advisor | June 2015 “Top Destinations on the Rise in 2015”

AARP | May 2015 “9 Thrilling Drives Across America”

The Saturday Evening Post | June 2015 “America’s 10 Best Beaches”

Conde Nast Traveler | June 2015 “50 States, 50 Trips: America’s Greatest Hits”

US News & World Report (April 2015) “Outer Banks #1 Family Beach Vacation for 2015” by Liz Weiss, Editor. This is the fifth year in a row the OBX has taken the lead spot in this category

Dr. Beach Cape Hatteras (May 2015) 5th Best Beach in America by Dr. Beach, marking the 8th year in a row on the Top 10 list.

USA Today | 10 BEST (March 2015) “Readers’ Choice: #10 Duck, NC - Best Coastal Small Towns” by Lynda Schrandt (March 2015) Cape Hatteras #5 Beach “101 Sand ‘n Surf Hotspots”

The Telegraph (March 2015) Nags Head, NC “10 of America’s Best State Parks”

PRDaily | 2014 Awards | “Best Publication” – Instagram First Approach Gives Outer Banks Tour Guide a Distinct Flavor | “10Best Visits the Alluring Outer Banks”

USA Today TRAVEL Rodanthe, NC #5 “Most Romantic Beaches in Georgia and the Carolinas”

Yahoo! Travel | The Outer Banks are among “10 Most Sought after Destination Wedding Spots” | Outdoor Concert Venues You Shouldn’t Miss! featuring “The Lost Colony”

USA Today TRAVEL | “10 Best Lighthouses around the USA” featuring Bodie Island Lighthouse

Dr. Beach | Cape Hatteras Top 10 Best Beach in USA

USA Today TRAVEL | 10 Destinations Where the Weather ‘s Just Right featuring Kill Devil Hills, NC

WorldGolf | Three OBX Courses Crack NC Golf Panel’s Top 100 featuring Nags Head Golf Links

Travel + Leisure | America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives featuring Outer Banks National Scenic Byway | Best Drives to Take Your Top Off featuring Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

Men's Journal | 20 Best Beaches in America featuring Jockey's Ridge State Park at Nags Head, NC WEATHER | 36 Stunning US Parks: Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Page 13 of 37

Charlotte Observer | Explore History, Nature and the Beach … Any Time of Year featuring Manteo, NC & Nags Head, NC

Coastal Living | 6 Scenic Coastal Marathons featuring Outer Banks Marathon

Forbes Travel Guide | 3 Must-Try Spring Food Festivals featuring Taste of the Beach and Sanderling Resort | 50 States, 50 Spots for 2014 featuring Jockey's Ridge State Park at Nags Head, NC

FlipKey | Summer 2013 "Duck, NC makes Top East Coast Beaches list"

Nomads Magazine | Issue #4 - August 2013 "Hanging Out in the Outer Banks" by Lauri Lyons

Virginian-Pilot | August 10, 2013 "Restored NC station takes weather buffs by storm" by Jeff Hampton

USA Today | August 2013 "9 Southern foods you must try" by Annette Thompson

Our State magazine | August 2013 "Catch It, Clean It, Cook It" by Anna Goodwin McCarthy

WUNC FM | August 9, 2013 "Hatteras Island Study Shows Economic and Cultural Value" by Leoneda Inge

WRAL TV5 | August 5, 2013 "Slaves Took First Step to Freedom at Hatteras Island" by Bill Leslie | August 2, 2013 "Foods You Must Try in Summer: South" by Annette Thompson

Links Magazine "From Tee to Sea: The Top 10 Golf and Beach Combos"

Travel On The Level | July 23, 2013 "What to See and Do on the Outer Banks" by Judy Wells

Virginian-Pilot | July 20, 2013 "NC 12 Propping Carolina's Economy" by Jeff Hampton

Virginian-Pilot | July 14, 2013 "Hatteras Tourism Study Buoys NC 12 Advocates" by Jeff Hampton

New York Post | July 11, 2013 "The Outer Banks Is A Shore Bet" by Jennifer Caesar | July 5, 2013 "A Foodie's Delight in Duck, NC" by Christine Stoddard

Travel & Leisure | July 2013 "Weekend Getaways" Flying in Kitty Hawk, NC"

ABC News Travel | June 2013 "America's 10 Best Family Beaches" by Family Vacation Critic

Travel Channel | June 28, 2013 "Secrets of Carolina Beaches" by Kerri Forrest

Quail Bell | June 20, 2013 "Travel: An Outer Banks Whirlwind - The Northern OBX in 45 Hours" by Christine Stoddard

World Fishing Network | June 19, 2013 "Cape Hatteras, NC Ultimate Fishing Town - Southeast Winner"

Family Vacation Critic | June 17, 2013 "10 Best Beaches for Families in 2013 (Coquina Beach)"

USA Today | June 16, 2013 "10 Great Places to Bond on Family Vacations" by Lynn O'Rourke Hayes of

The Play-Doh States of America | June 11, 2013 "The Outer Banks wins by online vote to represent state of North Carolina on map of the United States"

Washington Examiner | June 10, 2013 "Variety and Elegance in Outer Banks Golf Courses" by Kevin Dunleavy

10Best | June 5, 2013 "Beautiful Coastal Drives You Should Take"

Green Global Travel | June 5, 2013 "Learning to Fly" Hang Gliding Outer Banks, North Carolina" by Bret and Mary Love

Richmond Times-Dispatch | June 2, 2013 "Outer Banks Mixes Old with New" by Martha Steger

AARP | June 2013 "10 Places in America with Amazing Views" by Bill Newcott

Southern Living | June 2013 “Best of the South: Bliss on a Budget – 5 Weekends for $500” by Caroline McKenzie

Parents | June 2013 “The 10 Best Beach Towns for Families” by Karen Cicero

The Denver Post | May 17, 2013 “Finding heaven in the OBX, aka North Carolina’s Outer Banks” by Ricardo Baca

Yahoo! Travel | May 17, 2013 “The Next Big Thing: 5 Places to Go Sandboarding” by Kristi Marcelle

The Philadelphia Inquirer | May 26, 2013 “Off-peak Tranquility in the Outer Banks” by Bill Reed | May 1, 2013 "Getting Out" The Outer Banks, NC" by Tidewater Parent staff | May 2013 "Outer Banks Vacation for the Family" by Rachael Herrscher

Southwest Airlines Spirit | May 2013 “The Great American Vacation: Beaches Your Way” by Austin Morton

The Group Travel Leader | May 2013 "Coasting in the Carolinas" by Katherine Tandy Brown

Dr. Beach | May 2013 "Cape Hatteras Named #8 Best Beach in America" 

Tidewater Parent | May 2013 “Worlds Away…But So Close.” By Susan Smigielski Acker, Editor

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons | May 6, 2013 “Best Wedding Destinations in the U.S. – Outer Banks, North Carolina” by Donna Heiderstadt (Richmond Times-Dispatch online) | May 1, 2013 “12 Favorites Along South NC12” by Ginger Warder (Boston Globe online) | May 1, 2013 “Bodie Island Lighthouse on Cape Hatteras, NC Opens to Public” by Diane Daniel

Our State | May 2013 "The Men Who Reinvented Fishing" by Michael Graff

Our State | May 2013 "The Simplest Flying Machine" by Sarah Perry | April 8, 2013 "10 Best Sportfishing Destinations" a USA Today Travel publication

Meetings Focus | April 2013 "The South is Loaded with Sandy Group Hot Spots" by Zachary Chouteau

AAA Horizons | March 26, 2013 "East Coast's Treasured Islands" by Megan Amrich

Hampton Roads Magazine | March 2013 "Field of Dreams: The Outer Banks Event Site Offers Family Activities, Festivals and More" by Kip Tab

USA Today | March 22, 2013 "10 Great Places to Fly a Kite" by Cesar Chavez Park    

Recreation News | March 2013 “North Carolina’s Outer Banks call visitors back time and again” by Carol Timblin 

Smart Meetings | March 2013 “Meet in the Outer Banks” by Karen Misuraca 

Charlotte Observer | March 15, 2013 “Enjoy this OBX Nature Preserve” by Gary McCullough 

Highways Magazine (Good Sam Club) | March 1, 2013 “Thunder on the Roanoke” by Michael DeFreitas 

Elite Magazine | March 2013 “Cruising the Coast of NC” by April Dudash 

AAA Home & Away | March 2013 “East Coast Shores” by Sam Boykin 

AAA Go | March 2013 “Carolina Beaches Beckon” by Lynn and Cele Seldon 

Courier magazine | February 2013 "Coastal Adventures in the Outer Banks" by Pat Henderson 

SportsEvents Magazine | February 2013 “Site Selection Guide – North Carolina: Outer Banks” by Paige Townley 

Southern Travel + Lifestyles Magazine | January/February 2013 “Destination: North Carolina – What’s New?” Bodie Island Lighthouse 

Yahoo! Voices | February 2013 “Take a Look at Heroic History - Chicamacomico” by Bill Cissna 

Carolina Travel Planner | February 2013 “Taste of the Beach in the Outer Banks” by Lynn Seldon

National Geographic Traveler online | February 5, 2013 The Outer Banks makes "Best Family Trips" list for 2013 Photo gallery of 19 of 50 suggest family trips.

Skimbaco magazine | January 2013 "Travel Insight: Culinary Travel to the Outer Banks for Taste of the Beach" by Leigh Powell Hines

The Group Travel Leader | January 2013 "Travel South: Coasts" by Brian Jewell 

Our State magazine | January 2013 "Where Sand Meets Sky" by Sarah Perry 

Self magazine | January 2013 "Shop the Look: Resort Style" shot on location at The Outer Banks 

Destinations magazine | January/February 2013 "Tour Stop: Outer Banks" by Jessica Downey 

Meetings Focus magazine | January 2013 "Coastal Carolina Takes Groups on a Trip Back in Time" by Paul Kretkowski 

Hines-Sight Blog | January 20, 2013 "Desserts, Beer, Fast Cars and Other NC Travel Planning News" featuring Taste of the Beach by Leigh Powell Hines 

Conde Nast Traveler | January 2013 "How to Plan a Wedding in the Southern U.S." by Sally Kilbridge

The Daily Mirror | December 2011 "Following in the Wright Brothers’ Footsteps in NC" by Chris Granet | November 2011 "Budget-Friendly North Carolina" by Ilona Kauremszky

Toronto Sun | November 2011 "Budget-Friendly North Carolina" by Ilona Kauremszky

USA Today TRAVEL | November 2011 "NC’s Outer Banks Draws More Destination Weddings" by Cindy Beaman

Budget Travel | October 2011 "5 Road-Tested Trips from an RV Rookie" by Valerie Rains

Travel + Leisure | October 2011 "America’s Most Iconic Drives" by Jamie Jensen

FOX News | October 2011 "Idol’s Scotty McCreery Shares Secrets on NC’s Outer Banks" by Avi Ramsadeen and Ashley Dvorkin

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 2011 "Road Racing Trip: Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon" by Gretchen McKay

Toronto Sun | August 2011 "Outer Banks Steeped in Lore, History" by Lance Hornby

Coastal Living | July 2011 "Beachcombing Basics" by Julia Rutland

Coastal Living | June 2011 "America’s Favorite Seafood Dives: Tortuga’s Lie" by Steve Millburg

Budget Travel | May 2011 "9 Great Memorial Day Getaways" by Carrie Culpepper