Outer Banks Travel Guide

Areas to Explore

Corolla
Duck
Kill Devil Hills
Kitty Hawk
Manteo
Nags Head
Southern Shores

Outer Banks Area information

Take the Trip of a Lifetime with Vacation Rentals in the Outer Banks

While exploring our selection of Outer Banks vacation rentals, there are a few truly interesting factoids you should know about this North Carolina vacation destination. The first is that the Wright brothers’ first flight took place here in 1903. The second is Andy Griffith from the hit TV series The Andy Griffith Show was a longtime resident. Third, the notorious pirate Blackbeard met his demise in the Outer Banks on Ocracoke Island during a battle with Virginia troops. Fourth and finally, many agree that it’s an ideal place to get away from it all, offering dazzling coastal beaches and plenty of Outer Banks attractions to enjoy.

Plan the Outer Banks Vacation You’ve Always Wanted

As a prime North Carolina beach destination, Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ offers a great selection of homes, duplexes, townhouses, condos, and cottages. Whether you’re looking for a quiet haven with ocean views or you want to experience a variety of things to do in Outer Banks, there’s a perfect rental for every kind of vacation you can imagine.

Top Sights in Outer Banks

The Wright Brothers National Memorial

When the Wright brothers lifted off from Kill Devil Hills for the very first time, our way of travel changed forever. The Wright Brothers National Memorial was built on the same hill to commemorate their first flight. Visitors of the memorial are invited to see the actual machines and tools used by the brothers as well as take photos in front of the 60-foot memorial tower that honors not only the Wrights, but the many achievements of the brave predecessors who helped paved the way for that first flight.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The tallest brick lighthouse, standing at 210 feet, is in Cape Hatteras. From the top of the tower, you can see the expanse of the Outer Banks as well as the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also learn about the history of the light station, which was originally built to protect the many ships from running aground as they sailed through the treacherous Diamond Shoals.

Highway 12

Once you’re done enjoying the beach and nearby towns, hop in the car and take a drive down North Carolina Highway 12. This scenic byway links all the peninsulas and islands of the Outer Banks, allowing you to visit Cedar Island, Ocracoke Island, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Kittyhawk. Finally ending north of the town of Corolla, the highway is your opportunity to truly see all that the Outer Banks has to offer.

Top Experiences in Outer Banks

See What It Was Like as a Settler

Welcome aboard Elizabeth II, a true replica of an English merchant vessel that landed after the Roanoke Voyage of 1585. Get a one-of-a-kind experience at the Roanoke Island Festival Park when you and your family board the ship to converse with costumed sailors, raise the ship’s anchor and even swab the decks. Afterward, you can encounter the life of an English settler or Coastal Algonquian native in the nearby interactive villages before visiting one of the many museums open at the park.

Fish Like a Pro

If there’s one thing the Outer Banks is truly known for, it’s the many fishing options available. Fly fishing, brackish fishing, offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and pier fishing are the most popular forms that make it possible to hook everything from spot and mullet fish to the more challenging catches like sea bass, kingfish, and bluefin tuna. Available all year round, fishing is one of the top Outer Banks attractions for visitors.

Walk in Blackbeard’s Footsteps

For pirate fans of all ages, the town of Beaufort gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the legendary pirate. The North Carolina Maritime Museum has a spellbinding exhibit that displays what’s left of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. Afterward, you can take The Legend of Blackbeard walking tour that brings you along the waterfront and through downtown Beaufort as you listen to the bone-chilling tales of Blackbeard and the notorious pirates of the Outer Banks.

Poolside Getaways

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Jump in, the water is Perfect!

Pet Friendly Places

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Bring the whole family on vacation!

Ski Vacations

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Slide into your winter vacation with ease!

Adventure Vacations

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Relax, unwind, and let the outside in.

Golf Getaways

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Make tee time your only responsibility.

Beach Breaks

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Escape to sun, sand, and surf.

Great for Groups

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Get away for some quality time.