Located off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are a row of low, sandy barrier islands home to small, seaside towns, with vacation rentals scattered along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound lagoon, the largest along the nation’s East Coast.
Stretching over 320 kilometres from north to south, and home to a number of state parks, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore—the country’s first national seashore—Outer Banks is a nature lover’s paradise. From sunbathing, hiking, and biking at Outer Banks beaches and boardwalks to kayaking and surfing on its Atlantic rollers, outdoors enthusiasts are well served here. And with its consistent wind and waves, the area has also become known as the “wind surfing and kite boarding capital of the East Coast.” Bird watching is equally popular, as is taking a guided tour to view the wild Banker ponies, residents of the Outer Banks for more than 400 years.
From Bodie to Hatteras to Ocracoke Islands, quaint towns and sleepy fishing villages dot the Outer Banks, offering a number of locally-owned art galleries, shops, and eateries specializing in North Carolina Southern-style BBQ and freshly-harvested seafood. The Outer Banks is also home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, “America’s Lighthouse”—the tallest brick lighthouse in the nation—and the country’s longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony. The annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a bit hit with residents, and draws huge crowds of visitors.
The Outer Banks offers an array of natural, outdoors, and cultural attractions, as well as a variety of facilities and rental accommodation options, and is easily accessible from the International Airports of Wilmington and Norfolk, Virginia.+ More