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Why Visit the Outer Banks

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We know how many destination choices are out there when planning a beach vacation, so we thought we’d fill you in what we think makes the Outer Banks so special.


North Carolina’s Outer Banks is one of America’s most spectacular and unique vacation destinations. Spanning over 200 miles and protecting nearly the entire coastline of North Carolina, the barrier island’s mix of rolling sand dunes, beach grasses, and beautiful beaches has been charming visitors and residents for generations. An Outer Banks vacation provides a lifetime of memories.

So Much To Do

From history buff to adrenaline junkie, every traveler who visits will find compelling Outer Banks activities. For those seeking action and excitement, the surfing along the barrier islands is regarded as the “best on the east coast.” Mile after mile of uncrowded beach break means there’s always a wave to ride, and with a wide variety of Outer Banks vacation rentals at the water’s edge, the OBX could be the ultimate surf and beach trip. When the wind blows in the Outer Banks, windsurfing and kiteboarding take center stage. Or go paragliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the tallest sand dune system in the eastern U.S., for an exciting and beautiful activity.

Fascinating History

The history of the Outer Banks is nothing short of fascinating. Of course most people know that the birthplace of aviation is here. But not many are aware that the first permanent settlement of the new world was established on the Outer Banks, thirty years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. And that there are more sunken German U-boats here in “the graveyard of the Atlantic” than along any other American coast. These barrier islands were also home to infamous pirates like Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, and it was here that the first wireless telegraph was sent. Even the wild horses of the lower Banks have an interesting story, thought to have arrived on the islands from Spanish ships that wrecked on the shoals.

Perfect for All Types of Vacations and Occasions

The ‘Banks,’ as the locals refer to the islands, is perfect for a family vacation destination, a trip with close friends, or a romantic getaway. Outer Banks activities and events are happening all the time, including art shows, live music, beachcombing, and theater…the list goes on and on. Pet friendly vacation rentals can be found at Midgett’s vacation properties throughout the Outer Banks, along with incredible dining options and the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere. Come and see for yourself what makes the Outer Banks so unique, and why time spent here is so special. We encourage you to try out new activities, visit our museums and historic sites, and take in all that the Outer Banks of North Carolina has to offer.

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