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Outer Banks of North Carolina
Only one word comes to mind when I think of the Outer Banks of North Carolina ... breathtaking! And, I am sure when you visit you will agree! There are many things to do when you visit the natural beauty of these islands.
It is full of history, sightseeing adventures, shipwreck diving, majestic lighthouses, and even wild ponies! But, if you want to just get away from it all and relax, with uncrowded beaches, then this is definitely one of the best places to do nothing at all.
As you can see here, the Outer Banks is made up of a long string of barrier islands that cover over 390 square miles of land and surrounded with 800 square miles of water!
We have included a wonderful Map of the Outer Banks of North Carolina for you to explore with just the click of your mouse! To get a better view of the Outer Banks area, click on the "satellite" image!
Getting to the islands isn't too complicated. Coming from South Carolina or North Carolina you will need to get on Highway 64 East which takes you to the Outer Banks.
It is a string of four spectacular islands. Hatteras Island includes Hatteras, Frisco, Buxton, Avon, Salvo, Waves, and Rodanthe. The Roanoke Island includes Manteo and Wanchese; and Bodie Island the Northern Beaches section, includes Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, and Duck. Ocracoke is the only town on Ocracoke Island.
From South Carolina you will take
I-95 and go to Wilson, NC; then take Hwy 264 East which takes you through Greenville and Washington, NC. In Washington, go to Plymouth, NC on Route 30 and you will see signs directing you to Hwy 64 East.
From North Carolina you will take Highway 64 East to the Outer Banks. You will pass through Rocky Mount, Williamston, and Plymouth, NC before reaching Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks.
As you drive along Highway 64 East, crossing over into Manteo, and the Roanoke Sound into Nags Head, you'll be met by the Carolina Coastal area that offers you all of the amenties of any great vacation with plenty of restaurants, accommodations, and sight-seeing adventures.
If you're up for a longer trip south on Highway 12 you will be able to experience the beauty and rustic area unlike any other in the United States.
You will approach the Oregon Inlet and can detour over to the Pamlico Sound to visit the Bodie Lighthouse. Continuing south on Highway 12 you will go through Rodanthe, Wave, and Salvo as you're heading to the most eastern point of the United States (Cape Hatteras).
Here you will find the rustic towns and villages of Buxton and Frisco, as well as campgrounds, world's best fishing spots, and the historically famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Go into Cape Hatteras village, reaching the southernmost point, and take the ferry over to Ocracoke Island.
On Ocracoke Island you will experience a way of life long forgotten anywhere else in the United States, but held onto and embraced by the villagers of Ocracoke Island. Most of which are decendants of decendants of the original settlers to the island.
A short drive north on Highway 12 from Nags Head will take you into the quaint villages of Duck and Corolla, two communities that still sustain their charm and natural beauty. Once Highway 12 ends, north of Corolla, there are still Outer Banks to be explored and enjoyed, but you will need a 4-wheel drive to get you there.
When you're getting close to the islands, traveling on Highway 64 East, you will cross the Alligator River Bridge. Just past the bridge is a sign for the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. This is worth taking the time to visit, and have your camera ready ... you never know when you might see a black bear, and of course, alligators!
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