For thousands of years these barrier islands known as the Outer Banks have survived the onslaught of wind and sea. Today the long stretches of beach, sand dunes, marshes, and woodlands are set aside as Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The first national seashore in the country includes natural and historic attractions, such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, lifesaving stations and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. On your Hatteras Island vacation, take a moment to discover this seaside kingdom, the history and the many opportunities.
Driving further south, you'll find the seven unique villages that make up Hatteras Island. Starting with Rodanthe on the northern end and finishing with Hatteras on the southern tip, you are sure to find the adventure you're looking for somewhere in between.