First Time Visiting the Outer Banks?
Here are the most frequently asked questions about the OBX.
What are the Outer Banks, NC?
Forged by Mother Nature, molded by a rich history, and refined by the locals who know how to live “the good life,” the Outer Banks is a coastal destination unlike any other.
Where are the Outer Banks
Comprising a series of barrier islands and peninsulas that stretch for nearly 200 miles along the North Carolina coastline, the Outer Banks boasts an unparalleled landscape and a history steeped in tradition, mystery and precedent. Take a walk in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers, retracing their last steps before lifting off into man’s “first flight;” view shipwrecks that were lost in the notorious Graveyard of the Atlantic, right from where you stand on the beach; or explore the area where some of America’s first colonists chose to make their home before they mysteriously disappeared, making the “Lost Colony” one of our nation's oldest and most intriguing unsolved mysteries. These stories and more help to make the Outer Banks a one-of-a-kind -- an original that is as wild and majestic in its origin and creation as it is in it’s natural beauty.
While the Outer Banks is set apart from any other beach destination, each individual town that makes up the area offers visitors its own unique spin on the Outer Banks vacation experience. Whether you are looking for a thrilling drive on The 4x4 Beaches in Carova, where you can watch generations of wild Spanish Mustangs playing in the surf, or you’re interested in a quintessential family beach vacation experience in Kill Devil Hills, centrally located to a multitude of the area’s best dining options, attractions and activities, there is in fact the perfect town for you.
The unique pieces that make the Outer Banks the intriguing puzzle of beauty, excitement and relaxation that it is, provides visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you can’t find anywhere else in the world with a vast selection of activities and vacation rentals. As a coastal wonderland for families and children to enjoy, an adventurous area for travelers to explore, a playground for outdoor sports and fishing enthusiasts, or a relaxing retreat for those in search of solitude and solace, an Outer Banks vacation truly does have a something to offer everyone! We at Twiddy invite you to come discover for yourself what it is that has captured the hearts of millions of people, and what keeps them coming back year after year to vacation in this captivating place that is the Outer Banks.
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What can you do on the Outer Banks?
The Outer Banks is teeming with exciting things to do, see and experience, with adventures on land, sea and even in the air. Discover winding waterways on a paddleboard or kayak, parasail high above the barrier islands for a bird's eye view of the Outer Banks, or take a guided tour to see the wild horses of the northern beaches. With so many different things to do and see on the Outer Banks, the possibilities are virtually endless!
There are multiple kayaking adventure tours on the Outer Banks, all of which are led by some of the most professional and knowledgeable guides around. Explore the area’s many meandering waterways or paddle out in the sound or the ocean for a truly exhilarating open-water kayaking experience.
As the Wild Spanish Mustangs of the 4x4 Beaches are among some of the most spectacular and unique attractions on all of the Outer Banks, there are numerous horse tours available for you to choose from to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. Open-air safari vehicles and other off-road 4-wheel-drive vehicles take visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to find and enjoy the wild horses on the 4x4 Beaches of the Outer Banks.
The Outer Banks features a great selection of notable year-round golf courses for the golf enthusiast in your group! Enjoy eight different courses to choose from, stretching from Corolla to Nags Head and onto Mainland Currituck, each boasting its own unique character, challenges and beauty.
Take your relaxation and mindfulness to a whole other level on your next Outer Banks vacation by visiting one of the many locally-owned yoga studios. Whether you want to continue your daily routine, try a class out for the first time while on vacation, or have one of the many talented Outer Banks yoga instructors come right to your Twiddy and Company vacation rental for a private lesson with you and your family, the Outer Banks has an abundance of yoga options for you to choose from.
If you’re looking for a unique way to experience the beauty of the Outer Banks, a boat tour is an amazing way to gain another perspective of the barrier islands and their unexampled characteristics. The Outer Banks offers visitors numerous opportunities to embark on an aquatic adventure including calm, relaxing sunset tours, exciting open water boat tours and charters, and educational tours led by knowledgeable experts to provide you with a new perspective and appreciation of the ecology and landscape of the Outer Banks during your next vacation.
Well known for its fishing opportunities, the Outer Banks offers visitors innumerable ways to enjoy a fishing experience during your next vacation. Whether you’re looking to take a charter boat out into the open seas, fish one of the area’s many sounds, cast a line from your kayak along a meandering waterway, or head to one of the famous fishing piers along the coastline, one thing is for certain - you are never too far from an exciting fishing experience just waiting to happen when you are just about anywhere on the Outer Banks.
As light keepers once kept watch over the notorious Graveyard of the Atlantic from the lighthouses of the Outer Banks, five beautiful beacons of light still line the coastline today, providing visitors the opportunity to delight in their beauty and even the chance to climb one or two. And because of their proximity to one another, all five can be visited within the same day for those up for the challenge!
As an area drenched in rich history, there’s undoubtedly an array of museums to share some of the most interesting artifacts and stories of some of the Outer Banks most memorable historical events. From the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to the Wild Horse Museum and many in between, the Outer Banks is proud of its rich history and invites you to explore it for yourself.
The Outer Banks is chocked full of attractions and fun things to do during your beach vacation. Adventure parks, wildlife preserves, a boardwalk, outdoor plays, aquariums and more are ready and waiting to entertain you with that unique combination of excitement and warm hospitality that can only be found during an Outer Banks vacation.
If the sound of crashing waves isn’t enough to relax and pamper you, the Outer Banks is happy to take your much-deserved R&R to the next level at one of the area’s many highly-acclaimed spas that are dedicated to providing Outer Banks guests the best treatment around to nourish your mind, body and soul.
See our Travel Guide for more activities and Twiddy's recommendations for our favorite vendors and local partners.
Towns of the OBX
The Outer Banks is unlike any other beach destination because of the unique, individual towns that string together to provide visitors with a dynamic opportunity to experience a full range of scenery, history, activities and culture. Decide which town best suits your needs for a vacation, and be sure to visit the others during your stay for the complete Outer Banks experience.
The ease and splendor of the uncomplicated yet vibrant way of life in Corolla saturates the entire area from the ocean to the sound. A Corolla vacation will transport you to a place that celebrates the unique history, stunning landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and the easy-going joyful lifestyle of the people who live there.
The Town of Duck, NC is a modern-day coastal village, delicately situated between the sound and the sea.The atmosphere and attitude in Duck can’t help but slow your pace and encourage you to take in the peaceful attributes of this intriguing Outer Banks vacation town, a place that has worked deliberately to maintain its small, natural character.
At the northern end of Highway 12, where the pavement ends and the sand begins, Outer Banks vacationers can enjoy an exclusively rare perspective. A place where you can drive on the beach between the sand dunes and the shoreline and view wild horses playing in the surf, the 4x4 Beaches offer an unforgettable experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Sea spray mingles with maritime forest shade in this distinguishable Outer Banks town. Situated between Duck and Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores boasts the private seclusion that Outer Banks vacationers love about the northern beaches, but from a central location, providing a tailor-made Outer Banks experience.
Anchored in the heart of the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills yields five miles of pristine beaches, fringed by some of the best shopping, dining and attractions on the beach! A Twiddy vacation rental in Kill Devil Hills promises you will always be close to the fun, both on AND off the sand!
A unique beach town made up of sprawling sandy beaches, soundfront properties and 461 acres of an enchanting maritime forest, Kitty Hawk offers Outer Banks visitors a dynamic vacation opportunity. A lively locale that also maintains a sense of sleepy solitude, Kitty Hawk delivers to vacationers the best of many worlds.