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There’s a reason that the Wright brothers picked the Outer Banks to take their first flight: reliable breezes, wide open, non-vegetated spaces, and 100-foot dunes—the tallest on the Atlantic coast—where even novices can fly safely before alighting in soft sand. Your first flight in a hang glider “might just change your life,” says Andy Torrington, who has been teaching the sport near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, since 1991.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks may be known for surf fishing, over-the-top vacation homes, o — if you obsessively watch the Weather Channel this time of year — hurricanes, but after just a day on the ground in these barrier islands, you’ll see them in a completely different light.

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It worked for the Wright brothers, but what can wind do for beer? Sam Boykin shares the secret of the country’s first wind-powered brewpub. It was the Outer Banks’ strong and steady winds that attracted Orville and Wilbur Wright to North Carolina’s Kill Devil Hills. And while the Outer Banks Brewing Station may never measure…