Adventure Travel Idea – Hang Gliding the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are breezy, airy, spacious, dune-filled -- and perfect for hang gliding. Think you can handle it?

With instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the sport at your service, all it takes is a 45-minute lesson, the fitness to walk up the dunes five times, and a knack for following care instructions.

After your lesson, groups of five climb up a hill, buckle into a harness integrated into the glider and start running. After just a few steps, you’re airborne, skimming the dune while an instructor runs alongside shouting instructions -- mainly which way to push the steering bar to increase flight time.

First-timers can get up to 15 feet off the ground, and move forward about 125 feet. The peak seasons to maximize flight are spring and fall, and Kitty Hawk Kites can offer you the best lessons on the Banks. Happy flying!