Christopher Enyart is from Wilmington, North Carolina. He has traveled the world, and has written extensively about his adventures on Travelpod.com. You can find Chris at travelpod.com/members/wisconsin_fan81. Despite his extensive travels, he still numbers the Outer Banks amongst his favorite places to go. Find out why below.
Outer Banks Revealed: When did you first visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina and what makes you keep coming back?
Chris: I first visited the Outer Banks in 1997. What keeps bringing me back is the scenic beauty of the entire area.
Outer Banks Revealed: What make the Outer Banks different from other beach vacation spots you've visited?
Chris: Well, I live in Wilmington, which is also on the beach. That being said, there is a much different "beach vibe" from Wilmington to the Outer Banks. There is a classical elegance, in a sense almost New England-like, to the Outer Banks Beaches, whereas Wilmington maintains the more laid back surfer vibe to its coast.
Outer Banks Revealed: What is your favorite Outer Banks town? Why?
Chris: The lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, and I know that is cliché, but it is such a statuesque structure,almost like functional art. It is nostalgic, classic, and maintained so well that it is still relevant. It is the picture on my NC driver’s license!
Outer Banks Revealed: What is your favorite thing to do on the Outer Banks? Why?
Chris: Walking on the beaches around Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It's relaxing, peaceful, and endless.
Outer Banks Revealed: If you met someone who never visited the Outer Banks, what are the top five things you would tell them they had to do? Why?
Chris: The NC Aquarium at Roanoke, tour the lighthouses from Hatteras to Bodie Island and Roanoke, The Lost Colony at Waterside Theatre, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and go through Alligator River Refuge. All these things give you understanding of the history, culture, and beauty of the Outer Banks.
Outer Banks Revealed: What is the one thing that is at the top of your list of things you still want to do?
Chris: I have seen these air tours advertised that would probably be a lot of fun. Walking down all the civil war trails would be a very relaxing learning experience too. Just spending more time on the Outer Banks would probably be my number one thing left to do there. We have this amazing, beautiful, and uncorrupted jewel of nature on our coast, and we take advantage of that sometimes as residents. The Outer Banks are truly some of the highlights of our great state.