You could walk just about in any direction on the banks and find a killer view. Whether it's the boardwalk, beach, city street, or a colorful souvenir shop- every town is chalk full of gorgeous backdrops waiting for you to enjoy with a book or camera.
I can't call myself a seafood lover, as much as I want to. I'll occasionally eat shrimp or calamari, but things like fish tacos scare me a little. Fortunately, this area won't ever leave you hungry, no matter what you like.
Coastal Cravings in Duck has a wide variety of seafood and non-seafood options that are both equally gourmet and equally awesome. Each time we go, I try to order a different sandwich, and I have yet to be disappointed! The service is phenomenal and quick for the high quality food they serve.
They have farmer markets EVERYWHERE. From huge buildings to roadside stands, you can buy a peach before a long day of adventuring. Momma Rachel did, she likes to mimic the locals, it's always entertaining lol.
I have yet to visit OBX and not find a hat, tank, or shirt that I don't love. This place is covered with shops that are stocked with MODERN style like apparel. This is especially helpful because it's never difficult to find something for a friend back home or your own closet collection. :)
I dare you to stop anywhere and snap a photo. This wasn't even the pretty side of the boardwalk and this could be a framed family photo for the living room. My parents are too photogenic
On another note, if you are a SENIOR and in the area, use this breathtaking place to your advantage. My mom shot a few photos for my senior pictures and I adored them. The ocean will never be classified as "over done."
TIME FOR YOURSELF
OBX is my prime place for gaining a peaceful state of mind. One of my favorite things to do is grab my journal, towel, and a spare hour to lounge on the beach and reflect with pen in hand. The sand is warm and there's no better background music than crashing waves at your feet.
Besides laying on the beach and running through waves, OBX has many more adventures to offer. Whether you claim to be a tourist or not, here's what I loved that felt quite touristy.
I absolutely adore henna tattoos. They're temporary and so fun to show off during your beach trip! I've gotten both of mine at the OBX Beach Shop in Kill Devil Hills. On our next trip I'm hoping to get an authentic one that wraps around my hand or foot.
Last year, we fell upon Jockey Ridge National Park. It was nice to end a long day walking through the dunes and snapping a few jumping photos too. You can also hang glide, kite fly, and sand board there!
For the museum type, the Wright Brothers Museum is in Kill Devil Hills. It was cool to see the different model planes, and hike up the memorial they have outside. It is always a cool feeling to add some history stops to your itinerary.
OBX is sweet spot for lighthouse lovers, you can find these babies everywhere. The reason why I categorized this as an adventure rather than a tourist spot is because I every time my family goes lighthouse hunting, it is an adventure. From finding the tiny gravel road that leads to these beauties to the exhausting trek up the stairs, it is quite the journey.
Much like other oceanfront areas, there are countless piers you can set up camp for the day.
If you aren't a Nicholas Sparks fan, I'm sorry. BUT IF YOU ARE, and you're in OBX, go check out the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is on the cover of "True Believer." Also, you can make a SECRET stop at the "Nights in Rodanthe" house.
Laugh if ya want, but we all know that we either like the vibe of a place or we don't.
Here, you're never too far away from live music or a sandy spot to laugh obnoxiously.
It's fun to hit a grocery store and watch all the locals walk around barefoot, best feels I've ever felt.
Shell hunting: You're exercising, and you don't even know it. This is a good way to get some free décor for back home or a gift for a friend, at no cost. Also, what's really awesome is there are certain beaches on the banks that are known for the best shells.
YOU CAN KEEP GOING BACK AND YOU WON'T EVER GET BORED
I think we can say this about a lot of our favorite places, but as of now, I can only confidently say this about the Outer Banks. Specifically, because each time we go, we are OVERWHELMED with things we want to accomplish and explore. It's a melting pot of adventure.
Why do you love OBX?
Did I miss anything you adore doing on the banks?
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