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The Adventurer’s Way to the Outer Banks
Tested by windsurfer Trip Forman, co-founder of Real Watersports in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, who regularly takes this leisurely course from New York to North Carolina in pursuit of “session-producing nor’easters.”
641 miles

1

Stretch out and split up the trip by parking on the scenic Cape May–Lewes Ferry (summer rates starting at $32, reservations required; 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May, N.J.; 800-643-3779) from New Jersey to Delaware.

2

Dover International Speedway (a.k.a. “The Monster Mile”) is the fastest one-mile racetrack in the country (1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Del.).

3

Cast for flounder, striper, or drum fish or just slip a quarter into some stand-up binoculars on the twenty-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel ($12 each way; Virginia Beach, Va.) for panoramic views of the U.S.’s largest estuary.

4

Who doesn’t like a good shipwreck tale? “Abandon Ship: Stories of Survival” is the latest exhibit at the ever-changing Mariners’ Museum ($12; 100 Museum Dr., Newport News, Va.).

5

The several-hundred-acre family-owned Morris Farm Market (3790 Caratoke Hwy., Barco, N.C.) is the source for tractor-churned ice cream, produce, and jars of its famous black-bean salsa ($5.99).

6

Grave Digger, one of America’s most famous monster trucks, revs right off Highway 158 (Digger’s Dungeon, 5650 Caratoke Hwy., Poplar Branch, N.C.).

7

Beyond making beer, Weeping Radish Brewery (6810 Caratoke Hwy., Grandy, N.C.) is an ecofarm and butchery with roving goats in the yard and stick-to-your-ribs beef and potatoes in the pub.

8

Throw down your bags and change into your swimsuit at Watermen’s Retreat (condos from $200 a night, three-night minimum; 25682 North Carolina 12, Waves, N.C.; 252-987-6060), situated on the bustling waterfront strip.


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