North Carolina has a wide variety of amazing places to visit and see, but one often-overlooked spot is the Outer Banks, the barrier island chain that lies just off the coast. These islands are not the touristy, gaudy type like you might find in Florida, but quaint pockets of calm and relaxation, more reminiscent of a collection of sleepy fishing villages. Here are a few highlights to get you started on a trip to the Outer Banks that you’ll not soon forget.
A Place With No Traffic
One unique destination is on the southern tip of the Outer Banks, Bald Head Island. The most unusual thing about this place is that there are no cars allowed. It is only reachable by ferry, and once you land, you get around by bicycle or golf cart. The result is that it’s very quiet and relaxing. The abundance of Bald Head Island rentals will allow you to choose between renting a place on the beach or in the forest. Either way, you’ll soon be “on turtle time,” or what locals refer to as feeling carefree with no pressures.
Some Quirky Little Towns
If you’ve had your fill of collecting seashells and observing historical lighthouses on the beach, there are a few towns to fulfill your shopping cravings and offer you a selection of restaurants. In Duck, you’ll find cute boutiques and fine dining on the water. There’s the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills for the flight enthusiast in your group. Nags Head offers a variety of walking and biking paths as well as a historic art district. Each village you come upon is unique and has a lot of old-fashioned charm.
An Abundance of Activities
The Outer Banks isn’t just beach walking and eating great seafood. There are a lot of outdoor watersports available from kayaking to surfing to kiteboarding. There are off-roading areas, places to fish, or you can visit the local aquarium and just watch fish.
No matter if your pleasure is just relaxing on the beach or catching a wave or dropping a line to catch dinner, the Outer Banks has everything for a fun-packed vacation with your friends and loved ones.