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When you drive along many areas of the Outer Banks islands, you’ll be able to see the lagoon on one side, with jagged rocks and natural coastline, and long sandy beaches on the other, with the clear waters of the Atlantic tempting you in. Little wonder that it’s such a popular vacation spot, with idyllic natural views wherever you go, and charming small towns along the way. You’ll see many piers for fishing, and plenty of people out on the water, but you may prefer to just lie on the beach and take in the views.

Things to see

The bold black and white stripes of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stand out against the rugged coastline, and adjacent to the lighthouse you’ll find a visitor center where you can find out all about the history of this landmark, and the fascinating operation to move it to safer ground in 1999. Jennette's Pier reaches out into the gentle blue seas, and you’ll see anglers lined up across this solid, modern structure which features a glass-fronted building with shops, a restroom, and other useful facilities. Nags Head Fishing Pier is one of the longest and oldest in the area, and this long narrow structure is often used by experienced fishing enthusiasts. Jockey's Ridge State Park has miles of golden sands, with the occasional patches of green sand dunes, and this wide open space allows for outdoor fun including hang gliding and hiking. Families will love strolling around the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island, where giant tanks filled with colorful fish line each wall. From friendly sea turtles to scary sharks, you can see them all up close and learn more about endangered marine species.

Hotels in Outer Banks

The majority of hotels in the area have excellent sea views, and many resorts also have facilities such and indoor or outdoor pools, spas, health clubs, and restaurants. Many hotels in Outer Banks feature rooms with excellent amenities such as balconies or patios, air conditioning, coffee makers, LCD televisions, and complimentary toiletries. There are also plenty of budget chain hotels on the islands, some of which are pet friendly, and rooms have extras such as pillowtop mattresses, complimentary WiFi, and shower/tub combinations in the bathroom.

Where to stay

Nags Head is a small, charming town that attracts fishing enthusiasts, and in addition to bountiful marine life, you’ll see plenty of wild rabbits, deer, and other wildlife scampering about. One of the main attractions of the area is the extensive sand dunes, as well as the calm seawaters and beautiful beaches. To the north you’ll find Kill Devil Hills, an area where the Wright brothers experimented with modern flight in amongst the rolling hills, and a memorial still stands to the pioneers. Corolla is a popular vacation spot for families, with long, rugged beaches and lush greenery, and you’ll often see the local population of feral horses running freely along the shore.

How to get to Outer Banks

Dare County Regional airport is based on Roanoke Island in the north, and from there it’s a scenic 10 minute drive to the Outer Banks islands. Many visitors also arrive by boat, and docking is available at the Pirate's Cove Marina, also in Manteo. Norfolk International Airport is about an hour and a half away by car, with rental desks available in the terminals, and there’s also a private shuttle service that runs from the airport to the major resorts which can be booked in advance.

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