Four narrow barrier islands skimming more than 100 miles of stunning coastline separate the North Carolina mainland from the Atlantic Ocean, and make up the region of the Outer Banks. Bodie, Roanoke, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands are linked together by bridges and ferries. Each island has its own distinctive personality.
There are charming beach towns, gorgeous protected seashore, and popular tourist activities. With such a diversity of adventure, fresh seafood, relaxation and culture, the Outer Banks is the perfect spot for a girls’ getaway.
Our merry little band of “Boomers” left no stone unturned in our quest for fun! Here are some of the best things to do in the Outer Banks.
Its beaches are perhaps the Outer Banks’ biggest draw, with good reason. Dr. Beach named two of the Outer Banks beaches on his list of the Top 10 Beaches for 2018.
The beaches around the famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse were named No. 6 of the Top Ten. Even though it was a hot day, brisk ocean breezes kept us cool. Clear, aquamarine waves are perfect for surfing and body-boarding, and the long beach is relatively uncrowded and a great place to chill.
It takes a lot to get me out before my morning coffee, but Nags Head Beach was a great way to start the morning. The beaches at this end of the Outer Banks have a more energetic vibe and are close to restaurants and shops.
We loved Ashley Dickerson, the animated young ranger at the Wright Brothers National Memorial! As we strolled through the national park, she regaled us with stories of how the brothers became famous in their quest to be the first to fly. The Wright Brothers sought a location that offered wind (for lift), sand (for landing), and isolation (for privacy in conducting their experiments). The Outer Banks was the perfect location. After the tour, we climbed Big Kill Devil Hill so get a closer look at the memorial and see the height from which the first flight became airborne, and investigated the replica of the famous flight machine. [read more]
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