Kill Devil Hills is the area where the Wright Brothers launched the world’s first, successful, manned flight in 1903. But, even if it wasn’t the most historic runway on earth, the area has a perfect family beach, from the colourful wooden beach houses to its graceful dunes, acres of smooth sand, water sports, and fun kids’ activities, on and off the sand.
Where to stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk. Family room, sleeps four, from £187 per night.
How to get there: Kill Devil Hills is three hours, 17 minutes drive east of The Raleigh Airport (RDU).