The Outer Banks is undeniably home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the country. However, if you’re searching for more unique locations to snap that iconic photo for social media, there are many more options. Keep reading to learn about some of the most Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks and throughout the barrier islands.
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Delight Your Followers With Photos From These Instagrammable Places on the Outer Banks
Give your friends and family the feeling of being on an amazing vacation with you by sharing your pictures on social media. Check out our picks for the most Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks!
1. Corolla Wild Horses
No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without catching a glimpse of the Corolla wild horses! When you visit Corolla, you’ll see majestic herds roaming the sands and cooling off in the cool ocean waters. You can even take a guided tour to see the wild mustangs.
2. Duck Town Park and Boardwalk
The Town Park in Duck stretches over 11 acres and offers many opportunities for picture-taking. With soundside sights of maritime forests and willow swamps, you can capture a photo that truly embodies the Outer Banks. Plus, from the park, you can access the Duck Boardwalk. It extends along the Currituck Sound and is lined with adorable shops and cute cafes.
3. Jennette’s Pier
Attracting thousands of anglers from all around the country, Jennette’s Pier is one of the most popular fishing piers on the Outer Banks. This 1000-foot pier boasts breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Nags Head. Plus, you might even see dolphins swimming through the waves!
Take an unbelievable photograph and experience top-of-the-world views from the top of Outer Banks lighthouses. Or, pose in front of one of them with the sun rising or setting behind it. Standing at 208 feet, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is hard to miss and holds the record for the world’s tallest brick lighthouse. Some other must-see local lighthouses include the Currituck Lighthouse and the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, which is the oldest North Carolina lighthouse in operation and the second oldest in the United States.
5. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
One of the most significant landmarks in the area is Jockey’s Ridge State Park. A playground of dunes, water, and woods, this park is the tallest natural dune system in the Eastern part of the country. The dunes attract adventure-seekers, hang gliders, and anyone that wants to make the climb to the top of the dunes to take in the views of the Albemarle Sound and vast ocean. If you’re going to try your hand at hang gliding, Kitty Hawk Kites offers lessons at the park.
6. Triangle Shipwreck
If you’re feeling brave and adventurous, grab your underwater camera and explore Triangle Shipwreck in Kill Devil Hills. These sunken ships met their fate in the 1920s and have remained in the waters of the Outer Banks since. It’s best to enjoy these treasures on days when the sea is calm and clear.
7. Wright Brothers National Memorial
This memorial park provides a sky-view in Kill Devil Hills. This national memorial is home to an iconic granite monument that is surrounded by lights and can be seen from all across the Outer Banks at night. During the day, this site provides spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding towns.
8. The Spot
Take a break from the scenic photoshoots and channel your inner foodie at The Spot. This Nags Head Creamery sells drool-worthy ice cream cones, fruit smoothies, and coffees. Their acai bowls are particularly colorful and photogenic. Plus, their shop is super-cute and offers Insta-worthy backdrops.
9. Your Gorgeous Beach House
Last but not least, your vacation home on the Outer Banks is a fantastic place to snap photographs and make memories that will last a lifetime. Shoreline OBX offers a wide variety of vacation homes throughout many communities, so you’re always close to the best Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks. Plus, our properties offer an array of amenities. Take a fun-filled picture as your cannon-balling into your private pool or take a serene photo from your deck as you gaze out towards the sunset.
Pick the Perfect Home for You
If you want to be able to snap the perfect picture at any moment right from your own Outer Banks beach home, perhaps consider renting one of our Oceanfront Rentals. Imagine life with a permanent view of the ocean! When you book your Outer Banks beachfront rental with Shoreline OBX, the comfort and convenience of oceanside living are always within reach. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the cool breeze as it greets you on the deck of your surfside porch or private pool. An unforgettable Outer Banks vacation starts right here!