On the edge of the world, you’ll find a place of enchantment, a land of history, mystery, and 130 miles of pristine, windswept beaches. A place where sunshine and soft breezes can wash your cares away. A land where you’ll be spoiled, by unspoiled surroundings. There is no beginning or ending to this paradise, boundaries are lost, imagination runs free. After all, this is where America truly began; where English settlers first landed in the New World, and where man first took flight. Nearby, America’s tallest lighthouse and our country’s first National Seashore.
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.