Roanoke Voyages Corridor
- DesignationState Byway
- Length6.8 miles
The Roanoke Voyages Corridor carries motorists by monuments of time and history as it travels across Roanoke Island in Dare County. Roanoke Island, named after an early Native American village, was the site of the first English settlement in North America. This attempt of settlement proved disastrous when returning colonists found that the English men, women, and children who established this first colony had vanished. The reason behind their disappearance is still a mystery today, but visitors can experience this historic unsolved tale by attending the state’s longest running outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony,” at the Waterside Theater. The theater is located within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site along with the enchanting Elizabethan Gardens. The quaint villages of Manteo and Wanchese, named for two Roanoke people enlisted by Sir Walter Raleigh to gain support for further travel to the new world, can also be found on Roanoke Island. Manteo has a beautiful waterfront with many shops and restaurants. Cross over the bridge at the waterfront and visit the Roanoke Island Festival Park, home of the Elizabeth II, a restored 16th-century transatlantic vessel, or travel to Wanchese, a quaint fishing village located south of Manteo along NC 345 on the mainland.
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