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Outer Banks Vacation

Updated on July 15, 2013

Outer Banks Vacation

Take a break from your busy life and escape to the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Outer Banks has so much to offer - from secluded north carolina beaches, wild horses, lighthouses, and elite accomodations to a variety of fun activities, shopping, and gourmet restaurants. Visit Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Avon, Waves, Rodanthe, Hatteras, or Ocracoke - Outer Banks visitors fall in love with the islands and return year after year. Here you will find information about fun family attractions for Outer Banks visitors, videos about Outer Banks, links to Outer Banks vacation rentals on Craigslist and Ebay, and more.

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Outer Banks, North Carolina facts

The Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) is a 200 mile string of islands located off the NC coast. Wright Memorial Bridge connects the Currituck Mainland to Southern Shores, and it is the bridge most New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia visitors use to get to the Outer Banks. For travelers arriving from the West, there's the new Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge that connects the mainland to Nags Head - Manteo Causeway or William B. Umstead Bridge (locally known as "Manns Harbor Bridge") for Roanoke Island visitors. Outer Banks is a very popular travel destination that attracts millions of visitors per year, with most visitors traveling between Memorial and Labor Day. With the variety of accommodations Outer Banks has to offer, fun family attractions, and beautiful beaches and wild life, Outer Banks is also a popular wedding and family reunion destination.

What is your favorite place on the Outer Banks?

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Drive Through Outer Banks

Outer Banks Vacation must-haves

Are you traveling to the Outer Banks in the near future? Do you have all the beach essentials covered? Don't forget the sunblock, a cooler, a beach blanket, a beach cabana, and a game or two :)

Outer Banks, NC on Google Map

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A markerCorolla, NC -
Corolla, NC
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B markerDuck, NC -
Duck, NC
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C markerKill Devil Hills, NC -
Kill Devil Hills, NC
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D markerNags Head, NC -
Nags Head, NC
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E markerKitty Hawk, NC -
Kitty Hawk, NC
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F markerSouthern Shores, NC -
Southern Shores, NC
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G markerHatteras, NC -
Hatteras, NC
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H markerOcracoke, NC -
Ocracoke, NC
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Inexpensive Outer Banks rentals

How can you make your Outer Banks vacation more affordable? Travel off season - before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Also, you can save on vacation rental company mark-up fees by renting directly from the owner: Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

You can rent a beautiful 4 bedroom home for under $1000 a week. For Outer Banks, that's a steal! The 4-bedroom vacation home in Corolla ("Shore Leave" featured below) is available for $750 - $1,950 a week.

Outer Banks Guide

Be well prepared for your Outer Banks visit with this North Carolina's Outer Banks guide

Insiders' Guide® to North Carolina's Outer Banks, 31st (Insiders' Guide Series)
Insiders' Guide® to North Carolina's Outer Banks, 31st (Insiders' Guide Series)

Use this guide to plan your Outer Banks vacation. Have a local guide you through all the fun activities Outer Banks has to offer.


Outer Banks Vacations on Ebay

Did you know that you can find a good deal on Outer Banks rental properties on Ebay? Book a week at an OBX rental home directly with the owner, and save money!

Outer Banks gifts on Amazon

Just in case you leave the OBX and forget to buy a souvenir for a dear friend of yours, it's not too late to pick one up... on Amazon!

House filmed in "Nights in Rodanthe" was moved to a new location

Have you been to the Outer Banks? What did you enjoy the most during your OBX vacation?

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      poutine 4 years ago

      No, never been there....yet

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Hi! Thanks for the showing the Google map, now i can see where you live at! I guess it is a very nice place to visit :)

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      What an amazing place. I'd never heard of it till now. Needs to be the subject of a travel documentary so folks like me in the UK can learn more.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      This looks like a great place to visit. At this time of year, Canadians are always looking for a warmer place!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      I think I would most enjoy walking on a beach, but seeing that house, above, would be grand as I really like old buildings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I needed a little vacation break, so came back to the Outer Banks to enjoy it with you!

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      I have not been, but it looks like a beautiful place to explore!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      It's been a while, but I have been there a couple of times. Such a lovely place, but I would worry about the hurricanes finding me there.

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      Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      I would like to visit there someday! Wonder if they allow dogs to run on the beach, hmmmm.....

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      I love North Carolina and hope to visit again this year, so will be sure to add Outer Banks to the travel itinerary.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Amazing how they moved that tall home. A very interesting lens. Blessed.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Can't say I've had the opportunity. The home architecture there is quite interesting.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      No I haven't but after reading this lens I'd really like to. Miniature golf and Aquarium do sound like something my family and I would enjoy.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      I have never had the chance to go - but thanks for sharing and showing it through your photos!

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      zimbali2011 6 years ago

      I wanted to travel here too

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never traveled to the Outer Banks, you certainly make it very inviting! It sounds like there is something for everyone at the Outer Banks.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      neven been there but now i am, thru your pics

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love going to the Outer Banks, but was especially cool was when they moved the Hatteras Lighthouse; that was a Very Cool Project!!

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      I have never been there, but I have always heard great things about it. I need to get over there.....soon. Thanks for all the information.

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Not yet, but looks like fun!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi katie, appreciate your friendship!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: I agree Darcie. The travel lenses are awesome! This lens on the outer banks really whetted my appetite for a visit. I will definitely go there!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is on my list! I live in Asheville and never make the 5 hour trip to the coast, but I will some day! My next trip is the BR Parkway from Asheville to its end in VA. I'll be sure to write that one up! Thanks for liking my flowers. You might enjoy my National Parks Lens, too.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Only once, but it was one of our most memorable vacations. Loved the uncrowded shores the most. Loved the sand spurs the least. :D

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      Blackspaniel1 7 years ago

      I stop by travel lenses for interesting photography. It is pleasant to view.

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      MasterPsycho 7 years ago from Earth

      it looks like a nice place i wish i had the time and money to least there are lenses like yours to help us make virtual travels

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I would love to visit the Outer Banks, heard so much about them. Maybe one day.

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      Pete Schultz 7 years ago

      Travel lenses are my favorites...and this was a fun trip, thanks. I voted for Kill Devel Hills in the poll because I'm familiar with the spot, not because I've been there. I would love to visit.

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      katiecolette 7 years ago

      @ChrisDay LM: Make sure to stop by next time :) Outer Banks is a great vacation destination!

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      I've never been there and now kicking myself, as I did drive down through the Carolinas. Time is always a hard taskmaster on such trips.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      It's like going on a virtual vacation on Squidoo visiting great travel lenses. Would love to visit the Outer Banks in person.

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      beerhead 7 years ago

      Never been there but it sounds and looks great.