A Vacationer Looks At The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is many things to many people. The diversity this narrow strip of sand offers is truly amazing. The Northern North Carolina barrier islands make up the Outer Banks. Here you will find something for everyone.

The Northern tip of the Outer Banks starts at Carova Beach. This area, though only accessible by ORV (Off Road Vehicle), is becoming ever popular. Once you reach the street, you will have entered the picturesque town of Corolla.

Ask a local about the pronunciation and you will learn the town it is pronounced Kuh-Rah-Lah which sounds nothing like the car of Toyota make. Towering over this small seaside town is the impressive Corolla Lighthouse.

This is a sure stop for all who vacation here. Heading south through Corolla and out of Currituck County, you will enter Dare County and the tightly packed Town of Duck. This small area boasts some amazing restaurants and shopping.

As you follow NC-12 South, you wind through Southern Shores and past some amazing ocean views. Southern Shores spans ocean to sound and has some of the lowest density of housing in all of the Outer Banks. This makes this an ideal vacation destination for those who want to get away.

If you don’t have the ability to get away, make sure your home has Internet access. If not, here are the local Free Wi-Fi. If you need something a little more upbeat, head towards Kitty Hawk. Here 12 meets the Bypass 158. If you must travel fast, you should take the bypass.

If not, stay on 12 to enjoy the view. Staying on Beach Road let’s you hit some local favorites like the Rundown Cafe and High Cotton. Make sure you stick to the 35 mile per hour speed limit and always yield to pedestrians since you’re gonna be walking to the beach one day.

Heading south on Beach Road you’ll glide past the Black Pelican. From the Black Pelican drive into Kill Devil Hills. This town tucked between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head is home to the majority of year round residents and is home to “French Fry Alley.”

This apt locally named strip of fast food restaurants includes, McDonalds, Burger King, Five Guys, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Arbys. As you head down beach road you’ll pass two long time local favorites, Johns and Goombays. If your stopping in Goombays try the Tuna Reuben.

As your heading further South in Kill Devil Hills you’ll head past the Wright Brothers Memorial. Be sure to spend an afternoon marveling at the miracle that is flight. As running alongside and behind the memorial are some amazing trails.

If you must venture onto 158 we suggest making a stop at the Outer Banks Brewing Station, its definitely worth stopping in for dinner, entertainment or some of their outstanding home made brew. If you do stop in remember a growler to go.