Outer Banks in North Carolina is a beautiful stretch on the Atlantic ocean that makes up 200 miles of the east coastline. With water on both sides, Outer Banks offers a myriad of activities as well as peaceful getaways and staycations to native travelers and global tourists alike.

If you are planning to explore the Outer Banks this year, here are five popular towns that offer the best of all worlds.

#1 Kitty Hawk

The first one on the list and the first town that you will come across after crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge. It is one of the largest and the oldest towns on the Outer Banks. Of course, it has great historic significance among other things.

Kitty Hawk has bustling public beaches on the east coast and serene sounds on the west. It also has 2300 acres of forest area with exciting hiking opportunities for backpackers. You can enjoy a game of golf at an 18-hole course or sign up for a kayak tour, visiting Kitty Hawk is hands down an experience of a lifetime.

#2 Corolla

Corolla is a quaint little town known for its gorgeous beaches and clean rolling surf. It’s a perfect vacation spot for families, with easy access to adventure sports, a golf club, historic sites, dog-friendly beaches and fishing piers to name a few.

You can also head out to a picnic spot, and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of wild horses in all their glory. The place has a historic lighthouse overlooking the ocean and the sound.

Apart from sightseeing, you can spend quality time indoors at one of the luxurious waterfront holiday homes suited to your needs and budget.


#3 Nags Head

Nags Head is one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US, welcoming visitors from all over the country and the world since the mid-1800s.

It has an 11-mile shoreline with plenty of public beaches and watersports activities on offer. You can also head over to Jockey’s Ridge State Park – fly a kite or enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and sounds from the largest dune on the East Coast.

If you are looking forward to a relaxing experience, you can go fishing at designated fishing piers or enjoy a game of golf at an 18-hole course.

#4 Duck

It stands unique among other towns on the Outer Banks. And there are several sightseeing opportunities, pristine beaches and adventure activities on offer that put this place on every globetrotter’s map.

Known for its Duck Town Park, which spreads across 11 acres, this place has various sound-side properties for your staycation, as well as amenities like an amphitheater and playground for recreation.

Duck hosts various events throughout the summer; the Annual Jazz Festival is the main highlight, attracting locals and tourists from far-flung places.

With numerous shopping and dining options, you could never have enough of the local cuisine.

#5 Kill Devil Hills

If you are looking for a fantastic beach experience, then Kill Devil Hills is the place for you. It has various public beaches with convenient parking spaces and easy access to the shoreline. Some of the beaches have bathhouses to let you wash off the salt and sand after a quick dip in the ocean. If you’ve got a 4×4, you may want to test its ability by driving it on the beach.

The place also has multi-use trails that are designed for sports adventures like biking and skateboarding.

If you are planning a vacation in the Outer Banks, spend at least 7 days to make the most of your visit. Also, no matter where you stay in the Outer Banks, you can always find a suitable rental home suited to your needs.