By Outer Banks Voice on July 22, 2021
New numbers from the National Park Service confirm the tourism boom. Over the first six months of 2021, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial experienced some of the highest levels of visitation ever recorded.
At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, visitation totals for January-June 2021 were 26% higher than the first six months of 2002, the year that currently has the distinction as being the busiest year on record.
Visitation totals through the first half of 2021 were the fourth highest ever at Wright Brothers National Memorial and the seventh highest at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.’
By way of comparison, visitation totals for all three national park sites are up about 20% from the 2019 numbers (the pre-pandemic year).