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10 hot spots worth visiting this summer

Ocracoke Beach, North Carolina

Located: Approximately five hours east of Raleigh, on Ocracoke Island (one of the most remote islands in the Outer Banks)

Looking for a beach where you can get away from the rat race? With accessibility limited to ferry, private boat, or plane, a visit to Ocracoke Island is like traveling back in time. As part of the Hatteras Island National Seashore, Ocracoke boasts 16 miles of undisturbed barrier beach - perfect for clearing your mind and getting in tune with nature.

Fit Factor: You won't find golf courses or tennis courts on Ocracoke Island. Instead, burn calories the way nature intended with runs on the beach, long bike rides around the island, and kayaking on one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world.

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