“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Share the highlights of your beach vacation by discovering the most Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks! Our beautiful barrier islands set the scene for countless photo-worthy moments. Maybe you love capturing photos of wildlife. Perhaps you’re more inclined to take a picture of your delicious seafood dinner. We’re happy to point you in the direction of your next photo destination.
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11 of the Most Instagrammable Places on the Outer Banks for the Perfect Photo
There’s something so awe-inspiring about seeing Corolla’s wild horses on the beach. You absolutely cannot miss this incredible photo opportunity!
2. Jockey’s Ridge
Grab your camera and head to Jockey’s Ridge State Park to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic Coast. This gorgeous state park boasts outstanding views, stunning scenery, and unspoiled natural surroundings.
3. Whalehead Club
Whalehead Corolla comprises 39 acres of land featuring lovely beaches, beautiful views, and the historic Whalehead Club.
Visit one of these lighthouses on the Outer Banks and capture striking photos of the exterior buildings, interior staircases, or your view from the top!
- Currituck Beach Lighthouse
- Bodie Island Lighthouse
- Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
- Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
- Ocracoke Lighthouse
5. Wright Brothers National Memorial
Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devils Hill. In addition to the beautiful monument, you can also explore the aviation museum or the 428-acre park.
Various fishing piers across the Outer Banks set the scene for the perfect snapshot. Capture the waves crashing into the pier or take a picture of a local fisherman and their catch of the day.
7. Nags Head Woods Preserve
Discover forested ridges, ponds, marshes, and wetlands at Nags Head Woods Preserve.
8. Triangle Shipwrecks
To encounter the Triangle Shipwrecks, you’ll have to be ready to dive under the sea! You won’t regret embarking on this adventure. You’re sure to capture incredible photos to share on Instagram!
Everyone in the family will love spending the day at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke. Spot various species of underwater creatures ranging from sea turtles and jellyfish to snakes and alligators.
10. Duck Donuts
Order a variety dozen at Duck Donuts! The colorful icing, fun toppings, and delicious flavors make these sweet treats picture-perfect.
11. Capture the Sunset From Your Vacation Rental
Luckily, you won’t even have to leave your vacation home to discover one of the most Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks. Snap gorgeous photos of your friends and family and the sunset at your private vacation rental. Choose between homes with a private pool, elevator features, or pet-friendly accommodations. You will find our homes in Duck, Corolla, and the Southern Shores. Start planning your dream OBX vacation today.