Dynamic Variation:

Open Spaces, Endless Possibilities

The Outer Banks of North Carolina offers a welcome relief from crowded cities and overrun vacation spots. In fact, you won’t find any cities on the Outer Banks, just 100+ miles of wide-open shoreline, charming seaside villages, and a mix of towns brimming with personality and fascinating connections to our nation’s history. Although we’re just a drive away, these barrier islands feel remote. Choose an oceanside vacation rental home, and just pop in the keycode for your rental and start vacationing on your own stretch of beach. Or, go for a different home experience at one of the romantic B&Bs of Roanoke Island and enjoy the walkable waterfront downtown of Manteo. This is where our country started (only makes sense to start a vacation here, too). You’ll find a variety of Outer Banks hotels, motels, cottage courts, campgrounds suitable for whatever experience you choose. See for yourself why Forbes and Dr. Beach ranked the Outer Banks as a top spot to get away to! 

Here is a list of Outer Banks restaurants open during fall/winter.

  • Homes sit on the water's edge, granting their occupants the best Outer Banks sunset views.
    Places To Stay

    Places To Stay

    The Outer Banks has always been a place where personal space and privacy are part of the allure. If you're looking to spend a few days of peace with your best friends or loved ones.

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Live OBX Webcams

Watch live video streams of current weather conditions.

Dining on the OBX

Seasonal openings and indoor/outdoor dining.

Beach & Sound Accesses

Find a full list of conveniently located beach and sound accesses.

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Learning to Hang Glide: Following in Orville Wright's Footsteps

Strapped into my harness, carabiner clipped to the frame; I lay down in the flying...

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Annual Events

May 22

Hang Gliding Spectacular

Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head - Kayak, SUP, Surf Board, and Bike Rentals
May 22

OBX Pickleball Classic

Dare County Parks and Recreation
May 24

NC Digs

Roanoke Island Festival Park
May 24