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Are you looking for a beach destination in the United States and considering an Outer Banks vacation? It doesn’t matter if you’re planning your very first trip to the Outer Banks or if you have visited many times and are looking for something out of the ordinary to explore. We’ve got you covered!
We’ve visited the Outer Banks many times and love to inspire people to visit our favorite destinations! So we’ve gathered all of our Outer Banks posts in one location so you can learn more about the area and determine what you MUST see when you visit this popular vacation destination in North Carolina.
Planning Your Outer Banks Vacation
We’re sure that once you’ve experienced the Outer Banks, you’ll be hooked!
Where is the Outer Banks and how to get to the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks are barrier islands in North Carolina that run along the Atlantic ocean. They can be reached by car, ferry, or personal boat.
Are there airports near Outer Banks NC? Yes, you can fly into nearby Raleigh or Norfolk.
Read How to Get to the Outer Banks North Carolina for more information.
The Best Outer Banks Vacation Spots
Duck, Corolla, Southern Shores, Nags Head, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke each offer a different experience during your Outer Banks vacations.
Sightseeing in the Outer Banks
Some sites can’t be missed when you visit the Outer Banks. We let you know which sites should be a must on your list to see!
Things to do in the Outer Banks
There are so many things you can do in the Outer Banks. A few of our favorites have been:
- a wild horses Outer Banks tour
- surfing in the Outer Banks
- hang gliding in the Outer Banks
- Horse Back Riding Outer Banks
Romantic Things to do in the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks may be ideal for families, but it’s also a popular romantic getaway for couples looking to get away from it all and relax on the beach.
Unique Things to do in the Outer Banks
Everyone who knows me knows that I love roadside attractions. I seek out every off-the-wall attraction I can find and yes, I found a few in the Outer Banks worth mentioning.
What to do in the Outer Banks when it’s Raining
As much as we’d love our beach vacations to be filled with sun-filled days, we all know that isn’t always the case. Use this list when the sun takes a break and you’re looking for things to do when its raining.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Located just off the mainland, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore protects Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. You’ll find beaches, marshes, campgrounds, lighthouses and more on this scenic seashore.
Outer Banks Lighthouses
There are five Outer Banks lighthouses to warn ships of the treacherous sea that is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
OBX Vacation Rentals and Where to Stay
There’s lodging to fit every need and budget when deciding where to stay in the Outer Banks. Options include:
- Luxury vacation rentals in the Outer Banks
- Outer Banks oceanfront rentals
- Outer Banks pet-friendly rentals
- Camping in the Outer Banks
- Outer Banks RV parks
Outer Banks Camping
If you’re looking for information on RV parks, tent camping, or Outer Banks camping on the beach, you’ve come to the right place.
My husband and I spent several days camping at the Outer Banks West / Currituck KOA last summer and loved it.
Outer Banks on a Budget
You don’t have to lay down a fortune to have a fun outer banks vacation. We’ll share how we’ve personally enjoyed the Outer Banks on a budget.
Recommended Resources to Help You Plan your Outer Banks Vacation
Personally, this is my favorite resource for planning an Outer Banks vacation.
Are you ready to pack up and hit the road? Make sure you download our beach packing list before you head out.