Outer Banks Destination Overview


The Outer Banks of North Carolina is composed of quaint towns and a series of islands. The narrow sliver of land stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, making it an attractive destination for a beach vacation. The quiet atmosphere is only interrupted by the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shores. However, just because the Outer Banks isn't full of city-like energy doesn't mean it's dull. In fact, the Outer Banks is a popular getaway because it provides a plethora of activities and a relaxing atmosphere.


Embrace the Shoreline at Corolla


Located on the northern end of the Outer Banks, Corolla includes miles of beaches that make exploring the North Carolina shoreline a breeze. While you may enjoy strolling on the sand, you can also have an adventurous vacation while staying at Corolla.


Currituck Beach Lighthouse

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse first shone its guiding beacon on December 1, 1875, and it's still glowing to this day. The structure is known for its brilliant red bricks, ornate black metal catwalk and First Order Fresnel light. In fact, these bulbs are the largest available in the U.S. At the base of the lighthouse sits the lighthouse keeper's home, a structure built in the Victorian style that dates back to 1876. The grounds of the Currituck Lighthouse are open year round, but the interior is only open seasonally. However, walking around the base of the lighthouse still provides visitors a trip back in time.


Wild Horse Tours

The Corolla shore is home to teams of wild horses, which visitors can view. In fact, the Spanish Mustangs have been roaming the area for more than 500 years. By taking a tour with local guides, you'll be able to see horses run free in the sandy region. Depending which guide you book, you'll be riding the Corolla dunes on a truck, SUV or open-air all-terrain vehicle.


Shop and Sail in Duck


Duck is located in the middle of the Outer Banks and is made up of 7 miles of coastal property. The area has no hotels, only vacation rentals, making it a true getaway from the hustles and bustles of mainland North Carolina. Though Duck certainly offers outdoor adventure, the town's true draw is its shopping and dining.


Eating and shopping

The charming shops in Duck are arranged in groups, so visitors are able to park and walk during their afternoon excursions. Most of the stores are situated at the very heart of town and are locally owned. Among the rows of shops, you'll find art galleries, outdoor equipment stores and boutiques. Furthermore, you'll be able to stop in gourmet restaurants after filling your shopping bags. With its proximity to the ocean, Duck provides local chefs with fresh seafood.


Ocean sports

Visitors who want to stay active in Duck can do so by renting water-faring equipment. From kayaks to upright paddle boards to jet skis, Duck retailers are ready to prepare you for an aquatic adventure. As you paddle along, be on the lookout for local wildlife, such as geese, egrets and herons.


History and Hillsides in Nags Head


Nags Head is at the southern end of the Outer Banks and is another popular vacation spot. Between its historical legacy and natural setting, Nags Head is sure to provide visitors with plenty of fun.


Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park is a bit of a natural wonder. In fact, the sand dune system is the tallest of its kind in the eastern U.S. The elevation of the dunes gives explorers stunning view of the surrounding area. You can peer out at the Nags Head region by walking a 360-foot boardwalk or by hiking the dunes.


Historic Architecture

Many of the cottages in Nags Head date back to the Civil War era. Others were completed around World War II. For this reason, Nags head is known for its historic architecture.


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