The Outer Banks are a long narrow group of barrier islands stretching over 100 miles down the coast of North Carolina. This fragile, narrow ribbon of constantly shifting sand separates the Atlantic Ocean from shallow coastal bays. A large part of these islands has been set aside as the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is protected for future visitors as well as an almost infinite variety of wildlife. There is a lot to see and photograph in the Outer Banks. If your time is limited be sure to see the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kitty Hawk, the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, and the Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Currituck Lighthouses.