Natural Wonders of the Southeast Coast: Virginia Beach to Key West

When you think of the East Coast you usually think of big cities, but there are many natural areas that have been set aside as well. Our adventure begins in Virginia Beach as we follow the coast south through the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is where the Wright Brothers made their first flight and where we try our hand at hang-gliding, take a 4-wheel adventure along the beach to find Wild Mustangs, and explore the many lighthouses the dangerous coastlines famous for. A scenic ferry ride takes us and our RV back to the mainland where we head to South Carolina and Myrtle Beach. Just outside of Charleston we take a kayak trip to an island with a pelican rookery. At Hilton Head we find wild dolphins, painted buntings, and take a trip on a shrimp boat to learn how one of our favorite foods is harvested.

One-third of all the saltwater marshes along the East Coast are located in Georgia. An eco-tour explains how important the marsh is to the creatures that inhabit it, like oysters, crabs, wading birds, and manatees. On Sapalo Island we learn it's history of plantations and slaves. A hike around Cumberland Island reveals it's miles of beautiful beaches. We follow famous highway A1A south along the Florida coast stopping at historic St. Augustine to see the Fountain of Youth. The Kennedy Space Center is world famous but did you know that the surrounding Merritt Wildlife Refuge is a natural hotspot bursting with wildlife? Nearby we observe the age old ritual of the giant loggerhead turtle coming back to the beach to lay its eggs.

The Everglades is the place to visit for natural wonders. The national park is one of the most unusual in the country. Alligators and crocodiles are king here along with hundreds of other species of wildlife. The drive over the bridges of the Florida Keys is a spectacular display of colorful water and sand. Along the way we scuba dive with sharks, catch giant tarpon, film the endangered Key Deer, kayak through mangroves, and take an ultra-light flight. Our journey ends in quirky Key West with a trip to the beautiful Dry Tortugas. The East Coast contains many natural wonders that most people are not aware of, come along for the ride!

©2004 John Holod Productions

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