Travel like the Wright Brothers between Dayton, OH and Kill Devil Hills, NC

Wright Route is a travel initiative between Ohio and North Carolina partners for people who want to travel in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers between the two states.

From Dayton, Ohio (The Birthplace of Aviation) to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (First in Flight), Wright Route covers everything in between. Are you ready to travel like the Wright Brothers did?

Back in the early 1900s, the Wright brothers took most of the trip by train. Today, that’s no longer an option, but we’ve provided a general outline of destinations to get you started.

If you’re feeling adventurous, travel the route the Wright Brothers took between North Carolina and Ohio, and discover the many hidden gems that influenced the Wright brothers and their quest for flight. Buckle Up! It’s about to be quite the journey!

Developed in partnership between the National Aviation Heritage Area, Outer Banks Forever, and First Flight Society with additional support by the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wright Route will help you plan an aviation-enthusiast trip.

The Wright brothers’ story begins in their hometown of Dayton. It was there that Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle shop and first studied flight. Two years after their successful heavier-than-air powered flight in 1903, the brothers developed and flew the Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical, fully controllable airplane.

There are many great places to visit in the Dayton area when it comes to invention, innovation, and literature.

Other cities on the Wright Route include Cincinnati, Ohio where you can join the great debate between Cincinnati chili styles of Skyline or Gold Star. Travel on to Norfolk, VA, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and then finally reach the sandy beach of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Or do the trip in reverse.

See Wright Route for further details and additional information on how to cycle the route.