How to Spend a Weekend Getaway In The Outer Banks

Planning a weekend getaway to the Outer Banks, NC can be perfect if you’re working from home or working any 4 10 schedules this summer. If you have the regular two day weekend schedule, that’s no matter, the Outer Banks offer a mix of beautiful beaches, historic sites, and outdoor activities. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your first trip

Day 1: Arrival and Beach Time

Morning: Arrival

Arrive at your chosen hotel, bnb, house rental, etc in the Outer Banks. Check-in, unpack, settle in to your accommodations for the weekend. If you traveled from far away take a nap and unwind from the hussle and bussle of the highways and airports.

Afternoon: Beach Time

Head to one of the famous Outer Banks beaches like Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills. Soak up the sun, sand, and ocean. Don’t forget to bring a beach umbrella, towels, and sunscreen.

Evening: Dinner

Explore local seafood restaurants for dinner. Some popular options include Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe or The Blue Point Bar and Grill.

Night: Sunset on Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Visit Jockey’s Ridge State Park to catch the sunset over the sand dunes. It’s a beautiful and serene experience.

Day 2: Explore and Activities

Morning: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Start your day by visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, where the first powered flight took place. Look to the sky for any passing airplanes and remember this is where it all started.

Afternoon: Bodie Island Lighthouse and Roanoke Island

Visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse and take a climb to the top for panoramic views. Let your history knowledge come to light when you head to Roanoke Island for lunch and explore the historic waterfront area.

Evening: Duck Boardwalk

Spend your evening at the Duck Boardwalk, a charming waterfront boardwalk with shops and restaurants. Take your time and pick out some knickknacks for your friends back home.

Night: Stargazing

The Outer Banks is known for its dark, dark skies. Consider stargazing on the beach or at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site.

Day 3: Outdoor Adventure and Departure

Morning: Kayaking or Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Start your day with some outdoor adventure. Rent a kayak or try stand-up paddleboarding in the calm waters of the sound.

Afternoon: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Explore Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful beaches. If you’re a museum-lover there’s plenty to see here.

Evening: Dinner and Relaxation

Have a relaxing dinner at a local seafood restaurant or opt for a casual meal at one of the beachside spots.

Night: Bonfire on the Beach (if permitted)

Some areas allow bonfires on the beach. Check local regulations and, if allowed, enjoy a beach bonfire to cap off your trip.

  • Check for any local events or festivals happening during your visit.
  • Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  • Be mindful of any COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in place.

This itinerary is only a suggestion, so feel free to adjust based on your interests and preferences. If you’re planning in advance keep an eye on the calendar for meteor showers, this is the perfect place to get some good shooting star wishes in. Don’t be afraid to plan the next weekend getaway with your friends to the Outer banks!

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