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A 130-mile stretch of barrier islands just off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks is a different kind of place. Beautifully natural, formed by centuries of wind, water and sand blown from the Atlantic Ocean, and home to a rich history, it's a place that inspires a true sense of adventure. From Duck down to Hatteras, each town and island along the banks offers some of the most unique places to visit in North Carolina. And this is where it starts. Get familiar with the lay of the land. Discover the Outer Banks. And then come experience them for yourself.
On these sandy barrier islands, a history of firsts has unfolded, brought to life by people seemingly obsessed with defying the odds.
Now connected by a series of bridges, each island has its own history, geographical features and culture creating three different and exciting vacation experiences.
Even spanning hundreds of years and despite millions of visitors, each town and village on the Outer Banks retains its own individual character.
There’s never a dull moment on the Outer Banks, but instead days filled with outdoor recreation, sightseeing and cultural possibilities. All thanks to the wind and the waves.