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Traveling to Outer Banks

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Traveling to Outer Banks

My family is making our first trip to NC this summer. We will be flying into Raleigh NC and then driving to the OBX for a week. We plan to spend one day in Raleigh before flying home, and are wondering if there are any other suggestions as to where we may spend a day on our way to the OBX? We have never been to NC and excited for our first visit. We will be traveling with children ages 9-15 and appreciate any advise that is offered.

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1. Re: Traveling to Outer Banks

There's not a whole lot between Raleigh and the OB, and it's only about a 3 hour drive, so your time is probably better spent just getting there. That said, Plymouth, NC, may be worth a stop. Nothing spectacular, but it does have a quaint downtown area along the Roanoke River. It's a nice place to stop and stretch your legs, and it's right on US 64 which is your route to the OB. Here's a link for more info - http://www.visitplymouthnc.com/

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Edited: 07 April 2013, 20:53
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Which part of the OBX are you staying? If you are traveling via Cedar Island Ferry, Beaufort, North Carolina is wonderful town in which to spend a day.

http://historicbeaufort.com/

You will find artifacts from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge at the NC Maritime Museum. It's a small museum but a gem.

www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort.html

Your children might find Cape Lookout and its lighthouse interesting.

http://www.nps.gov/calo/index.htm

Or you might enjoy spending one night in Ocracoke Island also. One of the "mom and pop" motels will let you stay for just one night.

http://www.ocracokevillage.com/

Be sure to rent bicycles to check out the town. The Slushie Stand has bicycles available.

Ride the Wind has some guided kayak tours that you and your family might enjoy.

http://www.surfocracoke.com/

For a special dinner, eat at the Back Porch.

http://www.backporchrestaurant.com/

For great pizza and good fresh fish sandwiches, check out Jason's. They are closed on Sunday.

http://www.jasonsocracoke.com/

If you do decide to go to the Outer Banks via the Cedar Island Ferry, you will need to make reservations for the ferry. You *must* be at the ferry 30 minutes prior to boarding. If you are not on time, you will in all likelihood lose your spot. So, plan to be there 45 minutes early! The ferry is about a 2 1/2 hour ride--a lot of fun!

http://www.ncdot.gov/ferry/

Whatever you decide to do, have a great trip!!

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We are staying in Kills Devil Hills. Would that work with your recommendations?

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No, don't do Beaufort if you are staying in Kill Devil Hills. That will be a lot of driving. If you were staying on Hatteras it would be worth it.

Arbyunc had a good idea with Plymouth to stretch your legs.

Another place you could overnight is Washington, NC. It is a charming small town on the Pamlico River. The waterfront is a lovely place to stroll and look at boats.

http://www.littlewashingtonnc.com/

You can also rent kayaks in Washington at Inner Banks Outfitters. Look at their calendar too--they have some full moon paddles. That is on my personal bucket list. There is also a place right next Inner Banks Outfitters called Blackwater Jacks Tiki Bar. Service can be so slow but it's a fun place to grab lunch and people watch. There is a screened-in patio upstairs. Bring cash--it's cash only.

http://www.innerbanksoutfitters.com/

https://www.facebook.com/backwaterjacks

You probably will not want to spend this much money on lodging for the 4 of you, but there is a lovely inn called Pamlico House B&B in Washington.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g49644-d1791914…

Oh, and you all might enjoy the North Carolina Estuarium--very nicely done.

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g49644-d65…

Edited: 08 April 2013, 01:30
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Thanks for the suggestions!

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