Established in the 1830’s, Nags Head epitomizes the essence of the Outer Banks. The unique winds attracted people to the area to live, and continue to provide exclusive watersport opportunities and refreshing nights to Outer Banks vacationers to this day. As cottages popped up in the early 1900’s, what is known as the Nags Head style of architecture was born. Cottage row, also known as The Unpainted Aristocracy, featured houses adorning cedar shake, green roofs, hip-roofed porches, built-in benches and propped-shuttered windows. Today, a number of those homes still stand in what is called the Historic District, and Twiddy proudly models all of its own buildings after this iconic Outer Banks style of architecture.
With 11 miles of oceanfront coastline, Nags Head is just an hour’s drive to Cape Hatteras and a little more than two hours to Ocracoke Island, providing visitors the opportunity for a day-trip to explore these wildly beautiful southern areas of the Outer Banks. Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune system on the east coast, can be found here, as can numerous shops, restaurants, and activities for the entire family. With more than 40 public beach accesses to the ocean, and six to the sound, Nags Head is teeming with opportunities to get out on the water for a day of fishing, watersports or just good old-fashioned rest and relaxation. Despite the fact that the town of Nags Head is the oldest vacation destination on the Outer Banks, it offers visitors some of the most advanced technology around, due largely in part to the opening of The Outer Banks Hospital in 2002 in the heart of the town. Also, like Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head boasts a large year-round population, providing visitors a glimpse of what it’s like to live like an Outer Banks local.
Experience the unparalleled 360-degree view of Nags Head from sound to sea as you fly a kite atop Jockey’s Ridge, discover one of the 5 landmark lighthouses of the Outer Banks at the Bodie Island Lighthouse, eat like a local at one of the many family-operated restaurants in town, or cast a pole from one of the two major fishing piers found in Nags Head. If it’s a trip into authentic Outer Banks history, immersed in wild, wide-open beauty with all of the conveniences and amenities of modern-day family beach vacation, look no further than a Nags Head vacation.