The Outer Banks, commonly abbreviated as OBX, are a sunny, sandy string of coastal barrier islands with lots of variety including some of the last undeveloped beaches and largest sand dunes on the East Coast, six lighthouses, marinas, maritime forests, estuaries and, to top it all off, wild horses. The Outer Banks offers an endless variety of outdoor activities such as four-wheel driving on the beaches, surf fishing, surfing, beach walking, kayaking, jet skiing, bird watching and wild horse viewing to name but a few.
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The following is a list, from north to south, of locations on the Outer Banks that should not be missed.
Corolla; the Currituck Beach Light Station and the Whalehead Club.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk.
Jennette’s Pier at Whalebone Junction.
Bodie Island Light Station
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton
Shackleford Banks for viewing the wild horses.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
If visiting the Outer Banks from June through August, book lodging or campsites months ahead of your planned travel time. For lodging try: www.outerbanks.org or any of your favorite travel sites such as Expedia, Trivago or Kayak.com. For campgrounds try: visitob.com Reserve sites in Cape Hatteras National Seashore at Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Check the website for Cape Lookout National Seashore to determine the challenges and opportunities for island camping.