Trip Review: NC Outer Banks

So I know as I sit here writing a review for the Mountain Khakis blog about a trip to the NC coast it immediately seems a little contradictory but bear with me.  This year my family traveled to the NC Outer Banks for a 7 day vacation. Now we have been to a number of beaches up the east coast on business or vacations but none quite compare to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The locals here truly live the mantra of “Live Life Untucked”. Most of the locals on the islands make a living in some way supporting the island. Despite the fact that the Outer Banks is far less commercial than other beaches I have visited there is still plenty to do.

Our first day there was spent in the area between Kitty Hawk and Manteo. We visited the site of the first flight, watched hang gliders and took the kids to the “Lost Colony” outdoor play. We ended the evening with seafood and beer. A few other days were spent fishing and spending time on the beach, the Outer Banks are the only place in NC where vehicles are allowed on the sand so for the kids that was a treat. Near the end of the week we ventured down to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. It is a longer trip than you would think to get there and to go from Hatteras to Ocracoke requires a ferry ride but both of the islands are the most amazing places ever.  Again we visited national monuments such as the Hatteras Sea Shore, the Hatteras Light House and the Ocracoke Light House. We finished off the evening with again with the freshest sea food on the east coast and cold beer.

So seeing as how this is a review I would first say that if anyone can make it to the Outer Banks of NC it is a must go trip and I can assure you that you won’t be sorry. We rented a large house near the northern end of the NC coast because it is just what worked for the family however there are accommodations available from the small island house to the house used in the “Nights In Rodanthe” movie. There is also beach camping available in some areas. Make sure to plan a number of days just for exploring to the different islands seeing as how some are a 2-3 drive from the main area of Nags Head and Kitty Hawk. Also take the time while you are there to take in and enjoy the beauty that is the untouched land and water that is offered at the NC Outer Banks.