An Outstanding Escape: The Outerbanks

I spent my summer vacation this year inside a postcard. At least, that’s what it felt like. As someone who spent four years at the shore, I was really excited to be heading out of my home state and eight hours south to the beautiful Outerbanks.

I’d never been to the Outerbanks, or even North Carolina for that fact, until this summer. I was blown away by how much more calm and relaxed the beach town was compared to any other beach I’ve ever been to. It was unbelievably hot outside, but a short walk to the beach or a step outside to the pool was absolutely perfect.

Not sure where to start when planning what to do during your vacation to the Outerbanks? Here are my top 5 favorite things to do while relaxing in the Outer Banks.

The Outerbanks

  1. See the Wild Horses. I would highly recommend Stu from Wild Horse Adventure Tours, but no matter how you choose to see them, make sure you get a chance to see the wild horses. Adventure Tours, located in Corolla, takes you and a group out on a Hummer up through the Wild Horse Sanctuary area of the beaches. They go out twice during the day- in the morning or at dusk. Taking the tour in the evening was absolutely stunning, all the photos came out gorgeous with beautiful pink skies in the background. Not only is the tour tons of fun, but I actually learned a lot about the history of wild horses and the island. IMG_9004IMG_9009IMG_9012IMG_9020IMG_9033IMG_9030IMG_9017IMG_9049IMG_9023IMG_9059IMG_9083IMG_9081
  2. Jet Ski (Wave Runner). Add a little thrill into an otherwise relaxing vacation. Most places allow you to rent wave runners for a half hour, forty five minutes or an hour. We stuck with a half hour and it was so much fun! The area marked off for the wave runners is really big, so there’s plenty of space to explore.

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    Photo Credit: Juli Ciesla
  3. Duck Boardwalk. The town of Duck gives off a really small-town, relaxed vibe. The Duck Town Park is 11 acres, and includes a gorgeous boardwalk on and around the sound. From the board walk you can walk down to the strip of shops and dining, or you can head to the ramp and head out on the sound on kayak. You can also fish and crab on the boardwalk, with a permit of course.IMG_9119IMG_9140IMG_9137IMG_9117IMG_9120IMG_9122IMG_9148IMG_9151IMG_9416IMG_9422
  4. Beach days. The beaches in the Outerbanks are like no other beach if I’ve ever been to. On the hot July days we spent at the beach, the water was so refreshing and enjoyable. Compared to the shores I’m used to, the beaches were nearly clear of people, rather than sitting practically on top of one another. This definitely makes my list of favorite beaches of all time.IMG_9168IMG_9164IMG_8924 (1)IMG_8936 (2)
  5. Corrituck Lighthouse. The Corrituck Lighthouse was built 140 years ago and reaches 162 feet in height. You can climb up to 220 steps to the top and see the beautiful views of the Corolla landscape. The gorgeous brick lighthouse is perfect for photos, too. Not to mention, the historic village surrounding is great for exploring. IMG_9283IMG_9171IMG_9185IMG_9178IMG_9181IMG_9217IMG_9218 (1)IMG_9224

Where would you recommend checking out while vacationing in the Outerbanks? 


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