This Is Why the Outer Banks Is Home to One of the Top Scenic Drives in the South

It’s no secret that our beautiful barrier islands draw visitors year-round. The Outer Banks is home to one of the top scenic drives in the South! Striking scenes of the dramatic roaring ocean, tranquil sound waters, and colorful ecosystems paint the perfect picture for the ultimate getaway. Read on to learn more about this incredible drive. Then, be sure to get your free copy of our Vacation Guide for authentic local insight on the best of OBX. 

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The Outer Banks Is Home to One of the Top Scenic Drives in the South 

The Drive 

State 12 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was voted as one of Southern Living’s South’s 10 Best Scenic Drives in 2020 for a good reason. Travel along this two-lane highway and take in the views of the Atlantic on one side and the Currituck, Albemarle, Roanoke, and Pamlico Sounds to the other. The Outer Banks Scenic Byway spans 131 miles and takes roughly 6 hours to drive. 

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Points of Interest 

Along the way, you will encounter unspoiled natural spaces, beautiful lighthouses, and more. You might want to consider stopping to visit some of the following points of interest

When You Arrive at Your Destination

Whether you decide to stay in Corolla, where the famed wild horses roam, Duck, where the famous Duck Donuts originated, or Southern Shores, you’ll find so many wonderful ways to get settled into your stay on the Outer Banks. 

Stretch Your Legs 

After a long drive, you’ll be ready to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Consider hiking at the Currituck Banks Reserve or biking on a beautiful local trail. 

Grab a Bite to Eat 

There are so many wonderful places to fill your belly on the Outer Banks. Here are some of our favorite dining resources: 

Unwind at Your Vacation Rental 

Now that you know more about what makes the Outer Banks Scenic Byway one of the top scenic drives in the South, it’s time to start planning your trip. Paramount Destinations vacation rentals make the perfect home away from home for your OBX adventures. Choose between homes with private pools, elevators, or dog-friendly accommodations. Our thoughtful team goes above and beyond to ensure that your stay with us is one that you’ll remember for a lifetime! 

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