Enjoy an Outer Banks Vacation During Bike Week


bike week1903 was a milestone year for the United States, the state of North Carolina, and Dare County. On the high dunes of the Outer Banks, Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first flight, while thousands of miles away in Milwaukee, the first Harley Davidson was assembled. Both the first flight and this popular motorcycle have impacted society in astounding ways.

In celebration of both the first flight and the Harley Davidson, the Outer Banks Harley Davidson store hosts the 12th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week, which runs from April 19 – 27, 2014. Integrating the local scenery with activities at their two locations in Harbinger and Nags Head, this Bike Week has become a must-go for area bikers from all over the East coast. This eight-day event attracts hundreds of bikers that ride in for the chance to check out the new 2014 Harley Davidsons, visit local eateries and watering holes, and to visit great Outer Banks attractions. With the events at the store, local business events, and fitting in time to ride, it may be a difficult to choose what to do while at Bike Week. Here are our suggestions of the things to do when you come for an Outer Banks vacation during Bike Week.

Visit Outer Banks Harley Davidson

With vendors throughout the complex, burnout contests, and the new 2014 Demo Fleet of Motorcycles, this is a must stop for all bikers attending Bike Week. Throughout the week there will be a Pre-Owned Motorcycle Blowout Sale. Maybe you will bring a new bike home with you? Be sure to pick up your Outer Banks Harley Davidson t-shirt to show you were there!

Tour the Wright Brothers National Memorial

In keeping with the 1903 theme, the Wright Brothers National Memorial is a great stop on your bike ride to stretch your legs. With three buildings full of history and artifacts from the first flight, aviation, NASA, and beyond, the memorial gives you an understanding of how much went into making the first flight occur, and the advances made since. Stop by one of their classes to make a paper airplane or fly a kite from their gift shop. The Wright Brothers monument is only a short walk and gives beautiful views of the Outer Banks from the top of the hill.

Visit Jockey's Ridge State Park

Stop by Jockey's Ridge State Park and climb the largest living sand dune! Bring a boogie board along and you can slide down the sand dune for a fun ride. Sign up for a dune hang gliding lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites and soar off the dunes for thrill of flight.

Visit the Lighthouses on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Boasting three lighthouses and one of the top five drives in the United States according to the Boston Globe, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a favorite among bikers and Outer Banks tourists no matter the occasion. The seashore is protected by the National Park Service, keeping the shoreline pristine and seemingly untouched. For more astonishing views, the lighthouses on Hatteras Island are a must. After hundreds of years of standing guard at the shore, these lighthouses still shine their lights at night. The Bodie Island Lighthouse was recently reopened to the public for viewing after many years of renovation. Surviving structural instability and moving 2,870ft from its original location, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is an all-time favorite among lighthouse enthusiasts. Ride your bike down to the Ocracoke Ferry and take the short trip to Ocracoke Island to see the final lighthouse and enjoy the restaurants downtown.

Visit Downtown Manteo

Home of the Lost Colony, Manteo is a quaint town with a rich history. The downtown area offers shopping, restaurants, and watersport activities for all. Park in the downtown parking lot and walk around the local shops, visit the Roanoke Island Festival Park Museum to learn about the Lost Colony, and tour a replica of their ship, the Elizabeth II.

Outer Banks Bike Week offers a wide variety of activities for bikers and visitors alike. Whether you are looking to stick around the Bike Week activities or explore Currtituck and Dare Counties, there are countless things to do. Élan Vacations looks forward to your stay at the 12th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week!

Need a great rental house for your Outer Banks vacation during Bike Week? Contact Élan Vacations at 866-760-3526. We are ready to help!

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