The Outer Banks sit just off the coast of North Carolina. While the Outer Banks are much-loved for their wide expanses of beachfront and campgrounds, these barrier islands have also made their mark in history. From lost colonies to acting as a haven for pirates to playing host to the Wright Brothers’ first flight, the Outer Banks have something to offer everyone.
The Banks Today
Today, the Outer Banks’ alluring past acts as an initial draw to visitors, and the beaches and dunes keep them coming back. Because of this, the Outer Banks are one of the top vacation areas in North Carolina. Outer Banks hotels in NC include bed and breakfasts, large chains, and family-run beachside motels.
While visiting the Outer Banks in the winter, you can expect a chill in the air and the occasional fierce storm. Temperatures range from 3 to 11 degrees Celsius. Since the islands butt up to the Atlantic Ocean, you may run into fierce winter winds. Summers see temperatures of 23 to 28 degrees Celsius. No matter what season you visit in, you’ll probably get a little bit of rain, as the Outer Banks receive some 8 to 10 cm per month.
History and Mystery
Many visitors come to the islands just to relax, and you could easily make an entire vacation out of visiting the different beaches. If you’re looking for a more active vacation, climb the stairs to the top of the Hatteras Lighthouse, catch a glimpse of the wild horses on Corolla, or fly a kite on the same dunes where the Wright Brothers tested their airplane. To top off your trip, visit Roanoke Island, home of the “lost colony” where, in 1587, over 100 settlers simply disappeared in a mystery that endures to this day. No matter what you want to do during your visit, when you stay in one of the many Outer Banks hotels, you'll be able to relax on one island or use your accommodation as a jumping-off point to explore all of them.
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