The Outer Banks: See Wild Horses Roam & Sink Your Toes Into The Sand In North Carolina
By Sarah McCosham|Published March 31, 2021
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Imagine a place where wild horses run free across endless, expansive beaches. A place where soft sand dunes form hills and valleys, stretching out as far as the eye can see. A place where foamy waves crash against rugged coastlines, with weather-worn beach houses blending in as if part of the natural scenery. A place where historic lighthouses still keep watch during the darkest nights and harshest storms. A place with absolutely charming downtowns that truly feel like home. A beach vacation that truly feels like a beach vacation. This is the magic of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
The Outer Banks is everything you could ever wish for in a vacation — and more. If you’re looking for a memorable experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged, this is it. Whether you prefer adrenaline-pumping aerial adventures, exploring incredible state parks and historic places, or simply strolling along the sandy shores of a picture-perfect beach, The Outer Banks is a bucket-list-worthy destination that will fill your soul and satisfy your wanderlust.
Accessibility: The attractions in the Outer Banks offer varying levels of accessibility; as such, it’s best to check with each company directly. The Outer Banks Visitor’s Guide is a great reference as you plan your trip.
Pet Friendly: The OBX is an incredibly pet-friendly place to visit, with many accommodations allowing four-legged friends. In addition, several outdoor parks also allow dogs, but you’ll definitely want to check individual attractions before you go.
Seasonal Access: The Outer Banks is a delightful place to visit all year-round, but certain activities, such as the water recreation attraction Nor’Banks, are only open seasonally.
Cost: Attractions like parasailing and aerial tours offer variously priced packages, but it’s possible to have fun on any budget in the OBX with activities such as hiking and visiting several of the area’s parks. For example, admission to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, home to the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast, is free.