Separating both Albermarle and Pamlico Sounds from the Atlantic Ocean are 100 miles of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks, accounting for half of North Carolina's coastline. Depending on how you read an Outer Banks' map, varying communities and islands are demarcated differently. They generally are Ocracoke Island, Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island, and Bodie Island. Because of its relatively remote location, bountiful flora and fauna, and sun and fun, the Outer Banks is ideal for accommodations into vacation rentals like oceanfront cottages or homes on the beach. Finding lodging in this resort area is easy because there is a wide range of vacation rentals. You can rent condos, homes, cottages, or apartments, many of them being located on the beach or having view to the ocean.
Step back in time to the arrival of English settlers. A drama - the longest running drama in the US - about the Lost Colony is played. See the Elizabethan Gardens as the settlers would. Roanoke Island has its festival park where museums, art galleries, and a 16th century sailboat showcase the period. Elizabeth R. is a one woman show is about Queen Elizabeth II. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum preserves, advances, and presents the maritime history and shipwrecks, spanning from 1524 to 1945. The Civil War was fought in the Outer Banks and its history isn't forgotten. The Battle of Roanoke, Chicamacomico Races, Freedmen's Colony, and the Fanny are different attractions, which elucidate the Outer Banks' role during the war. Other histories are told at the Hatteras Historical Attractions, the Wright Brothers Memorial, North Carolina Maritime Museum of Roanoke Island, Outer Banks History Center, Jennette's Pier, Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, the British Cemetery, Corolla Schoolhouse, Corolla Office and General Store, and more. Five lighthouses should catch your eye: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands at 208 feet, shines a light for 20 miles, and is the tallest in the US; on Corolla, Currituck Beach Lighthouse stands at 158 feet above the dunes; in Manteo, Bodie Island Lighthouse stands 150 feet, flashing a 160,000 candlepower beacon 19 miles over the ocean; Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse; and Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. Each lighthouse has a long history to learn about. And if wildlife is what you want to see, check out Cape Hatteras Nature Trail, Double L Bird Ranch and Petting Zoo, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Being a renowned vacation resort of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are visited each year by many vacationers. For this reason accommodations are great and there are many lodging facilities such as oceanfront homes, condos, apartments, or cottages, mostly of them being located on the beach.
Events aren't grand in scope at the Outer Banks, but they are every bit worth your time. Most center on the different museums and the beach. On all the islands of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, are restaurants that serve delectable foods. From Subway to sushi, raw bars to Italian, deli to breakfast, pizza to steak, beer to wine - whatever you crave, there is a nearby restaurant which will please. And the people who don't want to leave the vacation rentals (beach homes, oceanfront cottages, condos or apartments), gourmet meals, pizza, or deli-style sandwiches can easily be delivered to your door. Shopping can be a major highlight of any vacation. The Outer Banks does not fall short on your shopping choices. Just about all of the communities have stores, art galleries, boutiques, and/or shopping centers. Find the right camping supplies or fishing rods. Check for your favorite author's new book or rare books. Look for collectibles or surf T-shirts. Buy the name-brands you know or the chic and fashionable. When not at the beach, there are more than enough events, restaurants, and shops to add delight to your vacation. What attracts you to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, is more than likely its pristine beaches and fun you can have on them. Enjoy the water sports, such as boating, sailing, on- and off- fishing, wreck fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, dolphin cruising, kayaking, canoeing and more. For the landlubber: golfing, tennis, hiking, bicycling, camping, nature touring, miniature golfing, go-karting, hang gliding, 4-wheeling, horseback riding, dune bugging, and more. There are enough activities to never be bored and there's enough serenity and pleasure to relax at the Outer Banks. Come see why it's worth finding accommodations in one of the many vacation rentals like beach homes, comfortable condos & apartments or oceanfront cottages. Much history about the Lost Colony and the Wright Brothers is remembered in the events. The Outer Banks is 100 miles of barrier islands. When you arrive, you'll find a niche to explore every nook and cranny of all the islands, which, if you do, can be an experience of a lifetime.