Escape to the Outer Banks

If you are looking for a laid-back beach destination, the Outer Banks is the perfect getaway spot for couples, families, and friends.

The 200-mile long string of islands off the North Carolina coast has a variety of towns each with their own identity, from the natural beauty of Corolla to the small-town America feel of Duck.

The great thing about the Outer Banks is that there is so much more to do than just lay around the beach! The variety of restaurants, shops, and state parks is sure to have something to suit any taste.


Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Located in Nags Head, Jockey’s Ridge State Park contains the tallest active sand dune system in the Eastern US. The sprawling dunes and desert-like conditions are truly a sight to behold! The park is open for picnics, hiking, kite-flying, hang gliding and more!

Jockey's Ridge

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Visit the site of the first successful airplane flights by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. The memorial is located in Kill Devil Hills and is open 365 days a year (except Christmas). Check out the aviation museum before heading out to the large open field where mile markers show exactly where the first flights took place!


Visit one of the many historic lighthouses along the island, such as the stunning Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Brave visitors can climb up the 220 steps to the top any day of the year from Easter through Thanksgiving (weather permitting) for a dazzling view of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound.



Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café

This family-owned waterfront restaurant located in Nags Head is a must-stop for any seafood lover! All of their seafood is fresh and local, their vegetables are sourced from North Carolina farms, and their herbs are grown right outside in their herb garden. They even have their own resident ospreys, Ricky and Lucy, who have built their home right in the Roanoke Sound outside the restaurant. Make sure you get a seat by the window so you can watch them in their nest!

Lone Cedar

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Duck Donuts

Those of us living in Northern Virginia are now lucky to have several Duck Donuts locations close to home – but the original location in Duck, NC simply cannot be beat! The custom made-to-order donuts are best eaten hot! Check out our full review of Duck Donuts.


Outer Banks Brewing Station

Stop by the East Coast’s first wind-powered brewery! Boasting a variety of microbrews and pub food, this is a can’t-miss spot for any beach-loving beer enthusiast. The refreshing Lemongrass Wheat Ale was perfect after a hot day on the beach!

OBX Brewing

Photo Cred: OBX Brewing
Photo Credit: OBX Brewing


If you are looking for a day away from the sand and surf, there is PLENTY of shopping to be done in the Outer Banks! Hit up the Waterfront Shops in Duck or TimBuck II Shopping Village in Corolla for OBX gear, pieces from local artists, local wine, and more!


The Outer Banks is also home to a huge variety of antique and thrift shops. If you are looking for a unique souvenir, check out Something Old Something New in Kill Devil Hills for vintage clothing and accessories, or Class and Trash in Nags Head for antique décor and furniture. Or take a ride down to the Tanger Outlets in Nags Head for name brand bargains!

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Whether you like adventure, relaxing, eating, or shopping, the Outer Banks is the perfect summer vacation!

Post by: Brenda B.