Outer Banks Islands

Endless possibilities

The Outer Banks is a series of barrier islands that jut out off the coast of North Carolina. A collection of sand bars, really. From north to south: Northern Beaches, Roanoke Island & Dare Mainland and Hatteras. These islands, now connected by a series of bridges, each have their own history, geographical features and culture creating three different and exciting vacation spots. The Northern Beaches is filled with towns loaded with shopping, restaurants, plenty of beach space and activity. And with names you probably recognize – Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk to name a few. Roanoke Island is quieter, quaint and pedestrian friendly with a deep history dating back to the first English colony. Hatteras is even quieter still, with vast stretches of land devoted to sand dunes and sea oats. It feels a world away, relaxed for travelers looking for a little solitude.

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This area has the claim to fame of, among other things, being the site of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight, and Jockey's Ridge State Park. READ MORE

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Manteo and sister community, Wanchese, have a flair all their own, and an historic legacy that carries through your experience. READ MORE

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If you want to take "getting away from it all" to the next level, then Hatteras Island is a perfect choice. Hatteras Island stretches nearly half the distance of the entire Outer Banks. READ MORE

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Here's what we do to make sure the Outer Banks remains a place of uncommon natural beauty for generations still to come. READ MORE

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