Need a little sand and sun? We have the solution! Below, you’ll learn about some of the many reasons why OBX is the perfect Raleigh getaway!
But, before we dive in, make sure to check out our free Vacation Guide to the Outer Banks. This easy-to-read guide lists our all-time favorite things to do on the Outer Banks shores, whether it’s dining at the best outdoor patios, surfing some gnarly waves, or horseback riding on the sand. Unlock the guide and start planning your weekend getaway.
Plan Your Trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Head to the Beach
After your road trip from Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill, stretch your legs and take a breath of fresh sea air. Cape Hatteras National Seashore allows you to do that and more! This United States national seashore has an abundance of activities for everyone in your family.
The fitness guru in your group would love the hiking trails at this shore. The three trails go through forests, sand dunes, and marshlands.
If you love fishing, you’re in luck, anglers! The seashore is home to a wide variety of fish, and you can cast your line from the sand, piers, freshwater ponds, and boats.
Are you a history buff? Or do you just enjoy a relaxing walk and a nice view? There are three historic lighthouses in the park. Guests at the park are allowed to climb two of the lighthouses, so head to the top and gaze at the wonderful ocean views once you reach the top!
Kayaking on the Outer Banks
Kayaking on tranquil waters doesn’t sound like a bad way to start a morning at all! Get your fix of saltwater and sun with a tour from Outer Banks Kayak Adventures. They offer tours for all ages, including the Roanoke Island Historical Tour, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Tour, Bioluminescence Tour, Nags Head Morning or Sunset Tour, and more.
So, dip your paddle in and prepare yourself for a day of memories and good times on the water.
Outdoor Dining on the Outer Banks
Get dolled up for a classy night of delicious food and drinks by the ocean. Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk is an upscale bistro and martini bar with an outdoor patio overlooking the sea. Sip on chardonnay as you listen to live music and relax under the stars. It’s the perfect date night spot for your OBX getaway.
Where to Stay on the Outer Banks
Bring the whole family when you make your trip from Raleigh to the Outer Banks. Paramount Destinations offers large, family-sized vacation rentals by the ocean. We would love to accommodate you during your adventures on the coast.
Consider reserving Gramp’s Dream, a stunning, sunny colored vacation home in Southern Shores. This beautiful house accommodates 13, so you can bring the whole family, including your dogs! Gramp’s Dream is a pet-friendly vacation rental that can welcome up to two of your furry friends.