motorcycle info. In regard to the question regarding a place to hang out for motorcyclists, the Lucky 12 Tavern In Nags Head has started a bike night on Saturday's that starts at 7pm. The Lucky 12 is located at mile post 11.5 on the Beach road in Nags Head.
I am riding my Harley to a rented house in KDH for 1 week in mid-August. I've been looking through your site for activities relevant to motorcyclists (50'ish). Might be usful to add them. Things like bars, restarants, motels, etc. that are motorcycle-friendly.
Wide, peaceful beaches, a laid-back lifestyle--and a few famous lighthouses..
Like a giant comma, the Outer Banks sit off the N.C. mainland. Beautiful, wide-open beaches, enormous chunks of preserved nature, and an atmosphere that's upscale and camper-friendly draws flocks of tourists every summer. Visitors line up to tour four lighthouses that include the famously candy-striped Cape Hatteras tower. More adventurous vacationers take 4WD vehicles down to the tip of Hatteras Island to fish where three currents converge off the edge of the Continental Shelf.
Moving Soon to here. I've been going down to this area with my family for 15 years if not more. I must say after going so many times, even to this day it never gets old. I love being on the wide open beaches, climbing the ever great Hatteras Light for fun even for exercise sometimes. In summer seasons all the attractions such as Go-Karting, Putt-Putt, and some of the other attractions are open. I love this place and plan to move here in the next 2 years.
How can one week go by so quickly?. Wonderful vacation! Rented a cottage in the 4wd area in Carova. Awoke to wild horses in our yard, watched dolphins play in the surf & saw many different kinds of birds. Most days were spent swimming, bodyboarding, shell collecting, kite flying & walking on the beach. Such amazing sunsets! The homes are close together but the surf & wind drown out all sounds of the neighbors. Very affordable. We brought most of our food from home, ate out twice (Sunset Grille in Duck is great) & bought clams to cook at the cottage. We spent less than $2k for the whole week. More of a power vacation than a relaxing one. The sun & the surf are draining but exhilirating! My 10yr old had a blast. Touristy things: Recommend Jockey's Ridge, driving over the Oregon Inlet Bridge & climbing at least one lighthouse but nothing beats playing in the ocean.
The way beaches were meant to be.. A real vacation is a time to relax and get away from the normal every day life. You won't find bright flashing signs on buildings that only offer neon pink hermit crabs and airbrushed shirts, you also won't have the usual red neck crowds that flock to Myrtle Beach for biker week. You simply can't compare the Outer Banks to Myrtle Beach and comparing the Jersey Shore to anything in the South is just wrong. As a kid I went exploring and visiting the different towns and lighthouses. When I have been out on the beach at the Outer Banks I have never seen more than 10 other people around in sight. If you love beautiful beaches where you can see nature instead of the tattoo on the person sitting right next to your family on the beach, head to the Outer Banks where the beach hasn't been taken over.
Nothing to DO?!?!?!. I've read a bunch of the reviews for the Outer Banks and there's nothing to do? Number one, how about RELAX. It's vacation! We always vacation with kids and we play games, do puzzles, dive for pennies in the pool, build sand castles, go shopping, read books, sing and dance... it's the simple things in the Outer Banks. Also, there are the Elizabethan Gardens, the Lost Colony play, the Aquarium, the Dunes, lighthouses, mini golf, movie theaters, restaurants... Have a good easygoing time! We've been going to the Outer Banks for 15 years and now have a house there. We sneak a trip every chance we get.
Loved the OBX.
This past summer was our first visit to the Outer Banks and we were pleasantly surprised at how much we loved the ocean! The water is warm and very clean. The sand was perfect also. We are from CT and are used to RI beaches which can be filled with crowds, seaweed and jelly fish with 'tough to walk on sand' and we were expecting the same in NC. Luckily, we found it to be the exact opposite of RI. We have declared this 'our best beach vacation ever'! and are looking forward to going back next summer for 2 weeks instead of only one.
The only downfall was the amount of time we spent in traffic going over the bridge to get to OBX. If someone has an alternate route especially from 95 south in Virginia, we would appreciate it!
Visiting the Carteret County area. As I kid, I could remember walking on the pier and walking with friends on the boardwalk, hearing and seeing all kinds of interesting things. If you enjoy some local flavor try visiting Beaufort and Morehead City. It's a welcome break from the beach scene after a long day in the sun and salt water!
HILTON HEAD VS OUTER BANKS??. Our family has vacationed in Hilton Head for the past 3 years, but we have heard a lot of good things about the Outer Banks...can anyone tell me the pro and cons???? We were thinking of changing it up and trying the Outer Banks but would like some opinions...THANKS!! Kim
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