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Best Water Playground: Cape Hatteras National Seashore (North Carolina)
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina (Weststock)

Sure, Cape Hatteras sits at the heart of the so-called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," for all the ships it dragged under its waves. These same waters, however, have become an East Coast mecca for modern-day ocean adventurers, and the beaches of this protected seascape make a terrific launching point for surfing, kayaking, and windsports.

In fact, Hatteras can be your bucket-list destination for most any waterborne activity: the swimming is great, and the fishing is world-class. Prefer just hanging out on the beach? The sandy shores are ideal for relaxing or shell collecting, and they're a major wintering stop for migrating birds. So whether you're out paddling or shelling, check out the plumage darting around overhead; it's some of the best anywhere.

Tip: Weather happens here. Be prepared, as it can change very quickly.


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