North Carolina
Exploring the Southern Outer Banks: North Carolina’s National Lands
Learn the story of Fort Macon, visit a working lighthouse, explore Croatan National Forest and immerse yourself in history, nature and tradition as you discover the Outer Banks.
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Program No. 16519RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Filled with fascinating natural and human stories, North Carolina’s Outer Banks hold a treasure trove of historic landmarks and national park lands. Hear local historians share a look at the region’s role in World War II history and the importance of its grand lighthouses, and delve into stories passed down from generations of native residents. Join naturalists for explorations of parklands and reserves, including the Croatan National Forest — one of the most undisturbed sites of longleaf pine savannah and home to more than 100 rare species.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on gravel paths with slightly hilly terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey to an uninhabited barrier island to learn how the Rachel Carson Research Reserve tracks the health of estuaries and water quality.
  • Explore the Keeper’s House at Cape Lookout National Seashore, home to one of North Carolina’s last working lighthouses.
  • Trace the history of Fort Macon, from the Civil War to its role defending against German U-Boats in World War II.
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Becca Knudson
Becca Knudson was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. For college, she traveled west and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, graduating with a degree in Geography. After graduating from BYU, Becca worked for the American Youth Foundation in Shelby, Michigan. But, the mountains weren’t through with her yet, this time to Idaho to complete her M.S. Natural Resources degree. While Becca treasures her true winter experience, she was more than a little willing to trade it in for life on the coast.
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