Often revered as the "first Outer Banks vacation destination," Nags Head is characterized by its big open spaces and small town charm, offering a slow, relaxed pace to visitors looking for a laid back beach vacation drenched in rich history and natural beauty.
Established in the 1830’s, Nags Head epitomizes the essence of the Outer Banks with its 12 miles of oceanfront coastline stretching from Milepost 10 to 22. 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. The northern end of Nags Head from Milepost 10 to 16 is also where many of the favorite restaurants and shopping on the Outer Banks can be found, such as Blue Moon Beach Grill (Milepost 13) and the Outlets Nags Head (Milepost 16).
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. In 2011, Nags Head performed beach nourishment to help bring sand back on to the shore. Stay up to date on the latest news and schedules for beach nourishment 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.
Experience the unparalleled 360-degree view of Nags Head from sound to sea as you fly a kite atop Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune system on the east coast. (Milepost 12)
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.
Cast a pole from one of the three major fishing piers found in Nags Head: Nags Head Fishing Pier (Milepost 11.5), Jennette's Pier (Milepost 16), and Outer Banks Fishing Pier (Milepost 18.5).
Explore the many shops and activities for the entire family across the town.
We’ve gathered a list of Twiddy’s vacation favorites in Nags Head to help with your pre-vacation planning!Read Now
Each year, the Outer Banks hosts a variety of surfing competitions in the late summer timeframe. Many surfers travel from afar, and many more are locals, privileged to be surfing in their own backyard.Read Now
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. 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 vacation rental style of architecture.