Talk about a vacation in North Carolina, and the Outer Banks emerges as the best holiday destination. Owing to its humid subtropical climate, the mild winters on the island make it the best place to spend the holidays all year round. Further, the serene beaches, quaint seaside villages, charming towns, and ample sightseeing options are icing on the cake.
Whether you are looking forward to a laid-back holiday or wish to indulge in adrenaline-pumping activities, Outer Banks satiate the needs of every kind of vacationer. If you are planning a holiday at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, here are the places you should not miss:
The Outer Banks Beaches
Outer Banks is a 200-mile stretch of barrier islands and sand spits, making it a paradise for beach lovers. There are several beaches, and every beach has something different to offer to you. If you wish to spend your day sailing and fishing, head to the shores at Hatteras Island. If you want to unleash the adventure junkie in you, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk (northern shores) are the places to be, where you can enjoy water sports, like skimboarding and surfing.
The best thing about these beaches is that they are clean and quiet.
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Ever wondered how things were in the 1500s? If you are fascinated with the past, visit the Roanoke Island Festival Park to have a rendezvous with the good ol’ time. Situated in Manteo, this park teleports you back in time by half a century and lets you explore the world with a different eye. The American Indian Town will give you an insight into how the Indian Americans lived and how the early settlement looked like? Visit the history museum and enjoy performance series and docu-dramas to get up close and personal with the Indian history. Do not miss boarding the Elizabeth II ship.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
A string of over 70 miles, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of the most picturesque beaches adorned with golden sand and rolling waves. The most noted attraction at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It is the tallest lighthouse in the USA.
After visiting the lighthouse, explore the exotic wildlife of the Cape Hatteras. Over 360 species of birds inhabit this place.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers National Memorial is the place where the Wright Brothers invented their first flight. The memorial flaunts a 60-foot airplane tail shaped monument that celebrates this invention. The memorial also has the Wright Brothers Visitor Center and a restored hangar that gives you an insight into their lives and their first aviation adventure.
Consider taking a guided ranger tour to know more about them and the place.
North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Island
If the world beneath the blue water entices you to the core, visit the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Meet and greet giant turtles, alligators, frogs, otters, fish, sharks, and many other aquatic creatures. The Graveyard of the Atlantic is the biggest highlight of this place. Indulge in fun activities like animal feedings. Learn more about the exotic sea creatures from the property’s divers. Pay a little fee to get behind-the-scenes experiences, shark dives, and day camps.
Apart from the aquarium’s exhibits, the aquarium also has a café and gift shop where you can pick cute yet meaningful souvenirs for your friends and family.
Outer Banks has something for everyone. It is an ideal destination for your quick weekend getaways, long family vacations, mini-honeymoon, or an adventurous vacation with friends. Look for the best outer banks vacation rentals and enjoy the best vacation of your life.
Are you looking for other destinations to visit in the United States? Read my blog posts about Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
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