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Traveling To The Outer Banks NC

Updated on October 31, 2012

I focus this article on some of the things to see and do and places to stay when traveling to the outer banks of North Carolina. For pictures of some of my travels go to or

On a recent trip to the outer banks I found many different things to see and do, places to stay and plain just have fun. Bring your camera because you are probably going to want to take plenty of pictures.

First is getting there. My trip wasn't planned so I had to play it by ear and I didn't have much time. Because of that time constraint I went back just last week to Morehead City which technically isn't on the outer banks but is part of the NC coast and you can access the outer banks this way. But you must do it by ferry.

Since I was traveling from West Virginia I went down Hwy 58 East towards Virginia Beach. I didn't find it that appealing although I didn't have alot of time and I'm sure it is a nice place to visit if I'd had more time.

In Virginia Beach I took Hwy 168 South towards the outer banks which took me through Moyock on to Nags Head/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills.

In Kitty Hawk there is the Wright Brothers Memorial which I couldn't visit. The Cape Hatteras seashore is a beautiful drive. It will end on Hwy 12 where you can get the ferry across to Cedar Island which by the way is absolutely gorgeous and well worth the trip across. If you take the ferry across you can also visit Harkers Island, Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, Morehead City, Pine Knoll Shores and there are several little towns between Harkers Island and Morehead City.

You can also start your trip by visiting Morehead City then going across the Cedar Island ferry to Ocracoke and the Cape Hatteras seashore.

I love to take pictures so just driving through the different areas and snapping photos is my idea of a great vacation unless it involves visiting some haunted places.

I went to Roanoke Island, another great little place to visit but there isn't alot to it. I visited Pea Island National Refuge. There is also Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

There is Jennette's Pier which is part of the NC Aquarium, Jockey's Ridge State Park, Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School, Nags Head Dolphin Watch, Bodie Island Lighthouse which I really liked, Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf, Nags Head Golf Links, Jet Boat Dolphin Tours, Full Throttle Speedway, Nags Head Water Works, Grog's Watersports and lest not forget the Tanger Outlet Stores. I must admit though I've seen much better Outlet stores with many more stores to choose from. If you happen to be heading south into South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, Charleston or Hilton Head Island happen to be on your intinerary of places to stop then I highly recommend these shopping outlets.

Overall, for the best vacation I recommend the beaches, parks, lighthouse and memorial.

There are many places to eat and I can't really tell you where to eat. I'm quite finicky and usually stick to places I've eaten at before purely for the selfish reason of not getting sick as I tend to get sick at alot of places so I must be really careful. So food is really whatever you're in the mood for.

For the RV'er I saw some parked at the Walmart there in Kill Devil Hills so there doesn't seem to be a problem with campers parking there. Of course you have to ask the store if it's okay. There are a couple of rest areas along Hwy 168 but all of them were pretty much deserted except for the occasional traveler stopping to use the restroom so for this reason I can't recommend stopping there. If you would like more RV ideas and tips visit

There is a Best Western, Ramada and Comfort Inn in Nags Head, a Days Inn in Kill Devil Hills and severak other motels. My personal favorite is Days Inn and I almost always stay there unless I have to choose another chain. I had a bad experience with a local Mom and Pop operation many years ago and I've never forgotten it.

As for hauntings, there doesn't seem to be that many. I only found a couple online and they were Ocracoke Island that is supposedly haunted by Blackbeard, Sanderling on the outer banks and a spot on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. If you choose to visit any allegedly haunted places proceed with caution and don't trespass on anyone's property.

Plan your trip wisely remembering to make sure the kids are kept occupied, make a little time for the things you want to do, include the kids in some of your ideas and you should have a good time.


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