Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Photograph by David Alan Harvey

Swirling sandbars wend their way across Oregon Inlet, part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Outer Banks—a 200-mile-long (322-kilometer-long) chain of low, slim barrier islands—arc out from the mainland, protecting the coast and shallow sounds from the battering Atlantic.

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