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So many travelers are familiar with Ocracoke and other famous coastal North Carolina towns. Yet lesser known is Corolla, host to a herd of Wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs and other interesting sites. A 4×4 vehicle is required to access the rather remote area where the horses can be found on the beaches, but it’s worth the trip. And then there’s Whalehead, the sprawling lemon yellow estate that has served, among other things, as a private school for boys and a rocket fuel-testing base. Today, the 39 acres of picturesque landscape is open for tours, picnics, and weddings. During the weekly Wednesday wine festival, visitors sample North Carolina’s best wines and local foods while listening to live outdoor music. If you have the stamina, you can trek up the 214 steps to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse for unparalleled 360 degree views of the Outer Banks. It’s a must visit on everybody’s list.


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