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 5 ideas:


#1 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.



#2 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.



#3 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. 

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#4 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.

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#5 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. 

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