Roanoke Island is an island in Dare County on the famed Outer Banks, about 115 miles (185 km) east of Greenville, North Carolina. It was named after the historical Roanoke Carolina Algonquian people who inhabited the area, but mysteriously went missing in the 16th century at the time of English exploration. However while a beautiful destination for casual gazing, the area is not recommended for serious observations; the beaches are, for the most part, unaffected by artificial illumination, providing a dark and open sky for reasonable stargazing, while some local business like the North Carolina Aquarium have hosted stargazing events on occasion. Hotels, vacation lodges, and campgrounds are all available within the island and in neighboring cities. For more information, please visit online.
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