Top 5 Outer Banks Attractions

Decided to make the Outer Banks your beach vacation destination this year but not sure exactly what to do when you get here? The opportunities to fill every single day of your Outer Banks vacation with fun, excitement and relaxation are endless, but here are the top 5 Outer Banks attractions that will enrich your days with Outer Banks culture, beauty and amusement.


There are not many beach vacations that you can take that gift you the opportunity to visit not only two or three, but FIVE magnificent lighthouses within a couple hours’ drive of each other. The famous NC Highway 12, a beautiful stretch of road that traverses almost the entire Outer Banks from north to south, provides a spectacular route to tour 3 of the 5 of these beautiful beacons in under a 3.5 hour drive. In order from north to south, you can see:

Currituck Beach Lighthouse , located in Corolla, is an exposed brick design that still serves as a navigational beacon to vessels to this day.

Bodie Island Lighthouse can be found in South Nags Head, standing 156 feet tall just off the highway…you can’t miss it!

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton is the world’s tallest brick lighthouse, standing at 208 feet tall!

On Roanoke Island you will find Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, a small but exceptionally beautiful light nestled in the heart of downtown Manteo. And finally, the Ocracoke Lighthouse can be reached by ferry to Ocracoke Island and is North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse in operation, and second oldest in all of the United States.


More than 200 miles of coastline make up the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. The opportunities for beachcombing, exploring, sun bathing, beach activities and even 4x4 driving abound! Take to the northern beaches on four wheels and see for yourself the beautiful wild horses that call the Outer Banks their home, or head down south to Hatteras Island, where the wild, wide-open beaches are some of the most untouched, beautiful expanses of beach you will find on the east coast.

And don’t forget all of the bountiful beaches in between. Each Outer Banks town is chocked full of ocean accesses, as well as sound accesses, to make it convenient for you and your family to get out onto the sand and spend a beautiful day in the sun!

 (Oh wait, we can't forget Jockey's Ridge...although it's not technically "a beach," it's the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States, so we think that's enough sand to call it "beachy!")

Historical Landmarks 

As the birthplace of the first-born English settler in the New World, the birthplace of flight, the final resting place of hundreds of ships in what is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and the last known location of the lost colony, among others, there is no denying that the Outer Banks is steeped deeply in a unique, rich history. Take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to experience some of these one-of-a-kind encounters by visiting some of the famous sites that freckle the towns along the Outer Banks.

Fishing Piers

The Outer Banks is known for its prolific fishing. Whether you’re surf fishing, charter fishing, fishing from a pier, or out in the deep blue, one thing is for sure, the Outer Banks is a great place to reel in some winners and have a memorable time doing it! Check out some of the area’s fantastic fishing piers for a breathtaking stroll, or to create your own Outer Banks fishing memories solo or with the ones you love!

Avalon Fishing Pier-Located in Kill Devil Hills, Avalon offers fishermen and visitors a snack bar, gift and tackle shop and is seasonally open 24-hours a day for night fishing.

Jennette's Fishing Pier- Dating back to 1939, Jennette’s is an Outer Banks mainstay! After several rebuilds in her day, Jennette’s Fishing Pier, located in Nags Head, is partnered with the North Carolina Aquarium and features a research center that offers education exhibits and adventures for kids of all ages.

Nags Head Fishing Pier- Located in South Nags Head, this pier is one of the most beloved on the Outer Banks by locals and visitors alike. Catch your fish and have the restaurant on the pier cook them up for you, OBX style!

Hatteras Island Fishing Pier- Also referred to as the Rodanthe Pier, this is another OBX mainstay where you can find fishermen reeling in bass, red drum, tarpon, kings, blues and cobia! When in Rodanthe it’s a must-visit for a true taste of Hatteras Island!


      Sailing, kayaking, surfing, canoeing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, and more! If you have your heart set on enjoying a beautiful vacation on the water, the Outer Banks of North Carolina has you covered from sound to sea. The unique landscape of this gorgeous area creates unparalleled opportunities for a multitude of activities. A water-sportsman’s paradise, the Outer Banks offers an abundance of launching locations, soundside accesses, secret surfing spots, and wide open water, to accommodate just about every water sport there is!

Choosing to make the Outer Banks your vacation spot this year was a great decision, as would be visiting one of these OBX attractions…we guarantee it! Book your Outer Banks vacation rentals today and get here as fast (yet safely) as you can! For more must-see Outer Banks attractions check out 2014’s Top Five Outer Banks Attractions from Elan Vacations! 

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