Day Tripping From The Outer Banks - Ready to Go?
Welcome to the Outer Banks!
You’ve got a ton of things you can do, but where else can you go?
So, you’ve done your homework and found out the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a pretty neat destination to bring your family for vacation. In fact, in March of this year, Yahoo online polling showed Outer Banks as ranked #3 on where Americans wanted to visit, just below Yellowstone National Park and Disney World! As the pace of the summer has progressed, we would say they were right… we are way busier than the Grand Canyon is this time of year!
However, aside from the 1600 square miles of Dare County (on which the Outer Banks falls upon) and long spans of pristine beaches, the OBX is a centralized location where you can easily travel an hour or two in a handful of directions to get a completely different experience. Let’s take a look at a few surrounding places to consider visiting on your next trip to americas vacation destination!
Just North of the Outer Banks…
If you wanted to road trip north for a day off the Outer Banks to see something different, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is just an hour or so away! Chances are, if you came down from the northern states, you had a quick glimpse of Virginia Beach. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel ends on their city coastline and you pass through their suburbs on 64 East in route to the Outer Banks. But have you seen their historic boardwalk, complete with all the summer vendors and delicious treats? Or walked upon 17th street pier and visited the shops that line blocks and blocks of oceanfront resorts? They are just a quick trip north! Other cities like downtown Norfolk, historic Portsmouth or the shopping malls of Chesapeake are also nice attractions to visit as well if you are up that way. Maybe you really wanted to check the sites and continue north to visit Historic Williamsburg, home of Busch Gardens Theme Park and Water Country USA… it’s just another quick 45-60 minutes from the oceanfront…
Just West of the Outer Banks…
If you wanted to trek west, pack your hiking boots, bug spray and plenty of water because there are some beautiful areas just west of the Outer Banks worthy of checking out. Buffalo City, an old logging village just past Manns Harbor along the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, is an awesome first stop! Take 64W and about 6 miles outside Manns Harbor lies Buffalo City Road. Nestled back in the woods, this only logging camp was instrumental in the mining of timber and the old roads, flats in the woods where cabins once stood and relics of that time can be found along the walking paths and open service roads. You can wander for hours back there and often not see another person, making it a true nature excursion. Alligator River Wildlife Area is home to many black bears, coyotes, turtles, eagles and deer, making the drive through the refuge fun for the whole family. Be warned, the black flys will carry small children away so, be sure to pack your bug spray.
If you were looking for something a bit more posh, a trip the the Albermarle Plantation might be what your looking for. Located along the Albermarle Sound, Albermarle Plantation hosts one of the largest private marinas on the East Coast and offers award winning golf courses, fine dining and resort like amenities, sure to pamper you. Just the drive out that way, along the winding roads, past vast fields and old Oaks, will be sure to relax you. Other areas like Hartford, Edenton and Elizabeth City also boast some Northeastern Carolina historical value and worthy of checking out along the way.
Just South of the Outer Banks…
If you wanted to continue your trek south, and stick to the coastline, you have to travel Highway 12 to Hatteras Village and hop on the free ferry to Ocracoke Island! Ranked as one of the prettiest beaches in America (many years in a row), the 13 mile island of Ocracoke is a must see while you’re here. Once the playground of Edward Teach (aka, Blackbeard the Pirate), Ocracoke is the ultimate place to get away from it all! Nestled around Silver Lake, it’s small town fishing village vibe slows life waaaaay down, which is perfect if you are on vacation. Hosting a brewery, amazing seafood restaurants, craftsmen village shops and golf carts as the preferred method of transportation, Ocracoke allows you to roam on foot anywhere you’d like to go. With only three miles of the island developed, you still have plenty of area to get lost in, far away from the crowds and hustle bustle of visitors. Maybe grab an inshore/offshore fishing charter there? You can even leave your car on Hatteras Island and take the passenger ferry over, complete with shuttle service around the island and transport back to the ferry… It’s all a great day trip adventure for the whole family to enjoy!
And Just to the East of the Outer Banks…
Well, that’s a trick because, if you wanted to go eastward from the Outer Banks, you’d hit Morocco right around Casablanca and, that would take way longer then an hour or two in the car to reach! However, you do have an amazing Atlantic Ocean, lapping waves on the shore and creating tidal pools to float in. Let’s face it, the beach is the number one attraction of the Outer Banks and, most folks find themselves completely content spending their time plunked upon the beach, soaking up the rays and enjoying the pace of summer on the OBX. Hey, we can’t blame you! It’s why a lot of locals call the Outer Banks home and the allure of many as they begin to search out their next destination home.
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