Dreaming of an Outer Banks getaway? While the islands are currently closed to visitors, there are plenty of ways to bring the OBX into your home. Get started with these 6 ideas:
#1 Take a Virtual Tour of the Outer Banks
You can now experience everything the Outer Banks has to offer from the comfort of your own home thanks to our new virtual reality (VR) experience.
The towns and villages of the Outer Banks make up a key vacation destination for travelers from all across the country and all over the world. The new VR experience from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and YouVisit, offers a unique and engaging way to showcase the Outer Banks’ uncrowded beaches, historical sites, activities, and friendly residents. It was designed to replicate and enhance real-life experiences through rich media, including professional photos, videos, 360-degree panoramas and much more. Download the app for iPhone or Android to access hidden features or click the link below to start exploring the OBX.
#2 Check out the LIVE Webcams
Featured is Jennette's Pier webcam, provided by Surfline. A one-of-a-kind educational ocean pier. Located in Nags Head, central to the Outer Banks, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure and attractions to visit. More webcams can be found here.
#3 Dive into our Daydream Video Series
Video tells a better story and these gems highlight ways to wile the day away next time you're on the OBX. Check out our Daydream video library to watch these insider clips.
#4 Download an OBX-Inspired Novel & Motion Picture
Our recommendation is the bestselling novel Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. Once you are done reading, relive the romance of the novel by watching the major motion picture starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Pictured is the real oceanfront cottage portrayed in the film.
#5 Get Crafty
Take advantage of that precious family time and use those extra minutes you saved from not commuting. Cook up some seafood for a taste of the OBX, reenact the Wright brothers’ first flight with your own paper airplanes, learn to tie a boat knot for future charters. Check out the OBX Bucket List for more at-home (and future visit) inspiration.
#6 Shop "Local"
Many of our retail businesses have closed storefronts and dining areas to the public. This is an especially tough time, but there are ways to support the spots you love. Buy gift cards for future use, shop online for local wares, buy those gifts ahead of time, restock the OBX swag for your next vacation.