If I died today, I'd be happy as a clam. "Logan, that's ridiculous!" Guys, the Outer Banks will change your life. If I died today, I wouldn't mind, because I just got to spend a week in one of the dreamiest parts of the United States.
I want you guys to experience the bliss like I did, so here's How to Spend a Week on the Outer Banks of North Carolina... My family and I have found our way out there five times, so I have a good idea of what's cool and what's not!
how to get to the outer banks
Normally, we fly out of Omaha, NE to Norfolk, VA. However, it was much cheaper to fly out of Des Moines, IA this time around. We flew with Delta. From Norfolk, the Outer Banks are about an 1 hour and 30-45 minute drive. People also refer to the banks as OBX!
We usually rent a car at the airport using Enterprise. I love Enterprise because they are super transparent with their fees online and they're affordable! I've used them since 2017.
where to stay
I am a big fan of the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills. I've stayed at this resort three times and have yet to be disappointed. The location is near plenty of restaurants, attractions, and grocery stores. PLUS, hella close to the water (like my goodness kinda close) I wrote up a full post here about the Sea Ranch if you want to know more.
On our most recent trip, we decided to try a rental property in Nags Head. It has been a straight up BLAST. We rented it through Stan White Realty. I plan on writing a post soon about what it's like compared to a resort. We have honestly loved it though. It definitely helps to have a full kitchen and space to breathe. (Especially when you are traveling with your fammm am I right??)
Day 1: Prep for the week + beach
*Note: Order their margarita made with rice wine, they are my absolute FAV. Click here to view their live music schedule!
Day 2: Head north to Corolla
Day 3: Kick back after a day of driving
Day 4: Go south into a Nicholas Sparks book
Day 5: Sailing in Manteo
Set your alarm early and make your way to Duck Donuts! If you can be there right before they open - even better. The lines get long fast! I'm not a huge donut person, but these won me over. They have got such crazy options for flavors and toppings, it's so fun to pick them out! My favorite was the Maple Bacon!
Spend your last morning at Duck's Cottage Coffee for your coffee fix. The shop doubles as a bookstore and the books have handwritten reviews next to them. What a warm Southern touch!
OKAY GUYS, THAT'S IT! I'm not sure I've ever written a post this long, but I know this guide will help you create a killer vacation. If you want to know more about North Carolina...
*What is your favorite state and why?
*Have you been to North Carolina? If so, what is the coolest thing you've done there?
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