Wright Brothers National Memorial

Row 1

US-158 (mile post 7.5)
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 473-2111

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  • Stand at the spot of the Wrights' first 4 flights, which took place Dec. 17, 1903. The first flight was just 40 yards and took 12 seconds, a time easily beat by a child or adult's easy jog. Try it!
  • See a full-scale reproduction of the Wright 1903 Powered Flyer, replicas of camp buildings, flight markers and a granite monument honoring the Wright brothers.
  • A very photogenic and often overlooked venue onsite is life-size bronze statue of The Flyer and everyone present on day of first flight Dec 17, 1903. Made to climb on, located behind big hill.
  • 1/4 mile walk from visitor's center to top of hill.
  • Pilot duties for the Wrights first flight came down to a coin toss. Wilbur won, but crashed before takeoff. Three days later, Orville managed 12 seconds in the air. (From Aerial America)
  • If it's a hot and sunny day, bring sunscreen and a hat. THERE IS NO SHADE.
  • For $4 pp you get a 5 day pass. Get your National Parks Passports stamped in the bookstore with their cancellation stamp.
  • Being able to see the location of the origin of my profession caused me to tear up. All engineers, no matter the focus, must add a visit to their Bucket List.
  • 15 and under are free; $4 a person which is nice especially with a group of young kids.
  • listen to the ranger talk first its very educational and brings the whole rest of the visit alive!
  • The view is the Best!!
  • If you're flying in, there's a pretty nasty bump when you get below the tree line and another as you cross the road. Also airports closed at night, no lights.
  • Kitty Hawk was only the 6th windiest place in America. Chicago is #1. But the Wright bros came here from Dayton, OH because they liked the idea of landing on sand.
  • Love! Its a must-see.
  • Take the step climb up is worth the view from the base of the monument.
  • Great views of the surrounding area.
  • NOTHING is impossible.
  • I heard the best talk by a ranger at any National Park here. Maybe even better than any Smithsonian presentation, too.
  • Even if you're planning to stop by only for national park passport cancellations, you're still required to pay a fee before accessing the visitor center.
  • Long walk from the monument to the visitors building, but it was worth it. Try to make it to the Rangers Talk. Ranger Chelsy is a very dramatic speaker!!