Top 5 “Must-See” Destinations on the Outer Banks.
Outer Banks “Must-See” Spots on the OBX!
Welcome to the Outer Banks!
The Outer Banks has become more popular than ever and this year is expected to be busy. A popular summer destination, OBX visitors travel from far and wide to roam the vast spans of open beaches and explore the natural beauty only the barrier islands can provide. Listed below are the top five must-see destinations to experience on your next visit to the Outer Banks. With over 190 miles of coast, there’s a lot to see.
Start North and Head South!
Corolla Light House - Corolla, NC
- Standing 162’ tall, Corolla Lighthouse offers 220 steps to the top where the view overlooking the Currituck Sound and all the way to the 4x4 neighborhoods and wild horse territory of Corova. First lit on December 1, 1875, Corolla Light would guide ships along the treacherous “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. The Lighthouse is open to the public with posted times of tours available. Be sure to stroll historic Corolla Village and the neighboring Whalehead Club while your in the neighborhood!
Duck Waterfront Soundside Walkway - Duck, NC
- When visiting the quaint Town of Duck, be sure to take a leisurely stroll along the Soundside Boardwalk. This pedestrian friendly walkway spans from the first retail shops all the way along the sound to the final storefront in Duck. Along the way, be sure to stop in to visit the local merchant shops, restaurants and visit the town Park (which hosts free family events all summer season), kid friendly playground and lush gardens of the area. Beautiful sunsets await over the Currituck Sound on a clear night as well.
Wright Brothers Memorial - Kill Devil Hills, NC
- Spend a sunny afternoon climbing to the top of the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills and pay homage to the creators of modern aviation, Orville & Wilbur Wright. Not only will you feel the wind that once carried man into the sky, you will get an amazing view of Colington Harbor, the Wright Brother Museum and even the Atlantic Ocean from atop the highest elevation in the Outer Banks. Make sure to wear some comfortable walking shoes as the hills up are pretty steep but walkways are clear and easy to climb.
Jockeys Ridge State Park - Nags Head, NC
- You will find some of the best sunset viewing from any one of the peaks at this location! Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is the tallest “living” sand dune (yep! It moves...) on the Atlantic coastline. Idea for kite flying, hand gliding and sightseeing, it is one of the only locations that offer full view of the Atlantic Ocean and Roanoke Sound. It’s a workout to get to the top (and your shoes will take on a bit of sand) but, the views are worth it!
Cape Hatteras National Seashore & State Park - Cape Hatteras, NC
- No visit to the Outer Banks would be complete without spending a day on Pea Island and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Miles of remote beaches, perfect for sea shell hunting, dog walks and sunbathing span the entire shoreline of the longest barrier island. Drive through the small villages, separated by wide open coastline before hitting the oldest functioning lighthouse in America, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, in Buxton. Be sure to make it a full day so you can u-turn at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village or just find a little nook along the stretch and enjoy the quiet beach!
Outer Banks Day Tripping!
With so much to see and do on the Outer Banks, it’s not hard to spend a week or two and still not be able to fully experience everything there is to offer. However, if you know where to look and ready to explore a bit, there are tons of great possibilities hidden like treasures all along the OBX. Pack your cooler, some sunscreen and make the most of your time on the OBX. Adventure awaits!
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