Leave Boundaries Behind

At the edge of the world, you’ll find the barrier islands of The Outer Banks. Miles of windswept beaches where pirates once plundered and explorers and adventurers still roam freely. Boundaries are lost, time slows, and imaginations soar. This is a special place. Three National Park Service sites are here and share experiences, like those of the first English settlers to land in the New World, and how the Wright brothers persevered to conquer the challenges of powered flight.

Moving along through miles of undeveloped shoreline, you’ll come across the familiar black and white swirly stripes of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, an iconic American image. The 200-year-old structure is among the tallest brick lighthouses in the world. The view from the top reveals the natural shoreline of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our country’s first National Seashore and one of only 10 in existence.

While special things have happened here, the area is just as remarkable for how it encourages people to embrace new experiences. The OBX has a way of turning “never tried that before” into “can’t wait to do it again”. Whether that means learning to kiteboard, hang glide or surf, or just trying an oyster, or catching an ocean sunrise, we’ve got you covered. Set up base camp in a campground, an oceanfront cottage, a hotel or motel, or a B&B. There are bedrooms for every budget. Be sure to take in the locally-owned, original restaurants of The Outer Banks, run by true characters with all the coastal hospitality you’d expect. And don’t forget to hit up one of the local breweries, or sip a rum from the OBX Distillery.
Just remember, it's close enough to drive to and far enough to get away from it all.