If you have been cooped up in your home for a long time, it’s time to plan that overdue vacation. Whether you want to enjoy adventurous water sports or drown yourself in nature’s tranquility, North Carolina’s Outer Banks offer a myriad of ways to blow off steam.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks

The Outer Banks are a 200-mile string of barrier islands with water on both sides, providing endless opportunities to unwind, relax or explore your adventurous side. It has sprawling beaches and Sounds, along with fun activities including kayak tours, chartered fishing, jet ski rentals, diving and much more.

The Outer Banks is known for its quaint little towns and villages that attract tourists from across the country and the world. If you too are planning a family or solo vacation in the Outer Banks, here are some of the best attractions that you don’t want to miss out on.

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The Outer Banks. Photo by Jason Pischke on Unsplash.com

Nags Head 

Are you hoping for a break from your busy city life? Nags Head offers remarkable hiking trails and walking paths. And if you’re up for an adrenaline rush, you can also enjoy activities such as hang gliding and jet skiing. 

Duck & Corolla

If you ask anyone who has been to Outer Banks, Duck and Corolla will probably be on the top towns on their recommendation list. Duck is filled with some of the most exquisite natural landscapes.

There are also plenty of dining options available in Duck as well as Corolla. Something I would highly suggest is horseback riding along serene waters in Corolla. If you’re planning to spend a few days here, you can easily find reasonably-priced Duck oceanfront rentals.

Canadian Hole

If you’re seeking adventurous sports, then the Canadian Hole is going to satisfy your cravings. This is one of the best places to windsurf.

And if you’re not keen on windsurfing (like me), it’s still so much fun watching windsurfers sailing over waters.  The Canadian Hole also has shallow waters, which is perfect if you’re vacationing with young kids. 

Kill Devil Hills

Don’t let the name mislead you! Located in the middle of Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills is heavenly. If you’re hoping to buy souvenirs or gifts for your friends and family, there are many shops in this area. From unique crafts to charming cafes, it’s certainly worth spending a few days here. 

If you’re hoping to visit some of the actual locations used in the show, take a 7-hour road trip to Charleston to enjoy these spots.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Remember that dreamy Midsummer Night’s soiree scene with the sublime sunset in the back, alluring flower crowns, elegant outfits, and of course, the essence of betrayal? That scene was filmed at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

This resort is the definition of luxury. Whether you’re looking for high-end accommodation, a weekend of golfing against a gorgeous backdrop, or a spot to enjoy the best of seafood, this is the place for you. 

Shem Creek

There is nothing more picturesque than boating on Shem Creek on a sublime evening. The sunset we managed to catch was what Instagram dreams are made of. My kids also thoroughly enjoyed paddle boarding, and the fresh seafood was, of course, divine!

Final Words

We can all agree that North Carolina’s Outer Banks is the perfect place to seek some solace during these difficult times. And trust me, it’s just as stunning in person, if not more! If you’re trying to avoid big crowds, it’s best to visit the Outer Banks between March to May or September to November.