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
It is full of history, sightseeing
adventures, shipwreck diving, majestic
lighthouses, and even wild ponies! But, if you want to
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
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
Hawk, Southern Shores, and Duck. Ocracoke is the only town on Ocracoke Island.
South Carolina you will take
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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