By Susan D. Bates
Outer Banks
North Carolina
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The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands in northern North Carolina stretching about 200 miles down the coast. It includes towns in three different counties. The islands are located between the Atlantic Ocean and several smaller bodies of water, referred to as sounds. If you are seeking to get away from it all, play water sports, interact with history or go sightseeing, you can find it at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. welcomes you visit the Outer Banks on your next vacation. The Norfolk International Airport (ORF), located about 80 miles north of the Outer Banks, is the only commercial airport close to the Outer Banks. Book your flight through by clicking here ( Then when booking hotels, follow this link ( to utilize our hotel finder.
Relaxation and adventure attract visitors to the beautiful waters of the Outer Banks each year. The Atlantic Ocean lines the eastern side of the islands allowing you to enjoy ocean waters and sandy beaches. In addition to the ocean, you can enjoy the calmer waters of the sounds as well. Spend your time relaxing in the warm sunshine or participating in water activities. Kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, jet skiing, fishing, crabbing and boat tours are just some of the fun found on the waters of the Outer Banks.  

Sightseers have an opportunity to see five beautiful lighthouses: Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Ocracoke Island Lighthouse and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. Because each lighthouse has a unique history and a distinctive appearance, recommends that, if possible, you explore all five. To get a scenic view from the top, you can also take a climbing tour of the Currituck Beach and Cape Hatteras lighthouses.

Another great spot for sightseeing and learning Outer Banks history is at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a national park located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina commemorating the Wright brothers’ flight experiments. recommends visitors climb along the paved path to the top of the sand dune where Wilbur and Orville conducted their glider experiments. There you will stand alongside the most recognized symbol of the park, a 60-foot tall memorial pylon called the Wright Brothers Monument. While touring the park, you won’t want to miss the granite boulders marking the paths of the first four powered flights. also recommends touring the Wright Brothers Visitor Center, Centennial Pavilion and other exhibits on display at the park to learn about the history of aviation and the Wright brothers.

When you want to get away from it all, recommends visiting Corova Beach. While only a few miles from a business region, Corova Beach is truly remote. You can experience nature through undisturbed beaches and sand dunes. While visiting, you may even see some of famous Outer Banks wild horses. Because this area has no paved roads, you can drive along the beach using a four-wheel drive vehicle or take one of the guided tours of the area offered by businesses located in Corolla. Remember to bring along any needed supplies with you because you will not find any stores, gas stations or restaurants in the area.

No matter what type of vacation you are looking for, you can find it along the Outer Banks, North Carolina. It is the perfect location for family members with differing interests because there is something for everyone. Click on the link ( to book your Outer Banks vacation with