The Outer Banks is closer than you think. We're less than a tank of gas from Washington, D.C. and the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of NC. Just over an hour drive from Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, VA. Take advantage of low seasonal rates and plenty of availability at a wide selection of accommodations. Find a fresh selection of locally caught seafood and traditional southern coastal cuisine.
The Outer Banks is an outdoor playground! Try hang gliding from the giant sand dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park, or kayak along the shallow flats of Hatteras Island, in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge where hundreds of species of birds nest and feed throughout the year. Or rediscover the New World at Roanoke Island Festival Park, a tribute to the first English settlers in North America from 1585-1587. Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and learn about the 1,000's of shipwrecks including the U.S.S. Monitor and World War II submarines. The Outer Banks is home to some of the largest remaining tracts of undeveloped seashore in the United States along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where you will find the tallest lighthouse in North America at Cape Hatteras, one of five lighthouses on the Outer Banks.