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The Outer Banks of North Carolina promises travelers making their way this direction any time of year a scenic and welcoming stay. Between the savory restaurants, boutique shops, and landscape that’s as diverse as it is beautiful, it’s easy to find reasons to return year after year. While there’s always much to do in the way of sightseeing, a summer trip to the Outer Banks comes with even more options for fun. When you’re looking to put together that ideal summer itinerary, here are a few stops to be sure to add to the top of the list!

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Visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse

Lighthouses lighting up the horizon have long played an important maritime role in the history of the Outer Banks and perhaps none is more iconic to visit during your summer stay than the Bodie Island Lighthouse. With roots dating back to 1872, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is easy to spot thanks to its bold black and white stripes that rise an impressive 156 feet into the sky. Situated on the Roanoke Sound, this particular lighthouse makes for wonderful photographs and keeps visitors close to Nags Head who are looking to expand on their daily itinerary. If you’re feeling particularly brave, consider climbing the 214 steps to the top observation deck to make the most of sweeping ocean views.

Explore the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Reaching all the way from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers up outdoor enthusiasts more than 70 miles of protected land to admire and enjoy during a summer getaway to the Outer Banks. While many visitors head this way to take advantage of the world-class fishing and surfing opportunities, others will find that hiking the trails and taking time to observe the many seabirds that find their way here is just as intriguing.

Book a Fishing Charter

While the above-ground summer fun that awaits in the Outer Banks is sure to inspire, there’s something endlessly intriguing about time spent on the water. Anglers with a passion for casting a line and reeling in something new will want to make the most of booking a chartered fishing excursion with the team at Fintastic Sport Fishing based out of Kitty Hawk. A premier provider of all things fishing fun, booking time with a knowledgeable and friendly guide is a good way to learn the many species that call these waters home while bringing in the best the season has to offer. Half-day or full-day options can be booked upon request depending on preference.

Stroll the Duck Boardwalk

If your summer trip to the Outer Banks includes time in the charming town of Duck, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to stroll along the iconic and fun boardwalk. This family-friendly destination offers up over a mile of boardwalk to wander along and enjoy while savoring sound views lined by forests and marsh. As an added benefit, those who have worked up an appetite will appreciate the fact that the boardwalk is also within proximity to a collection of tasty restaurants, cafes, and bars that are easily accessed and ready to provide palate-pleasing options.

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Get Up Close with Wild Horses

Perhaps one of the most unique features that defines the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the fact that it’s home to a collection of wild horses that thrive in the area undisturbed. While it’s not advisable to approach nor feed these magnificent creatures independently during a stay, there are several local companies that provide safe and successful viewing tours including Wild Horse Adventures out of Corolla. Encounter groups of wild Spanish mustangs from the comfort of a 4×4 off-road vehicle on a tour led by an experienced guide. Options to venture into natural environments by Hummer are also available for guests that prefer the added luxury. Either way, you’re gaining a good look into an otherwise inaccessible moment in nature that’s bound to inspire guests long after they’ve left the Outer Banks.

Savor Time at Corolla Beaches

If you’re the type of summer traveler that’s looking to spend as much time possible with their toes dug into the sand, a trip to Corolla Beaches should definitely be a part of your plans. This scenic and rather tranquil destination is a great one for those that are looking to spend ample time soaking up the sun while staying close to nearby towns where restaurants and shopping are still plentiful.

Enjoy the Outer Banks Adventure

No matter what time of year you arrive to the Outer Banks, the team at Shoreline OBX is ready and waiting to make sure you have the amazing accommodations to match. Contact us today to learn more about our many property options available across the Outer Banks as well as our additional services offered. We can’t wait to help you start planning your trip and welcome you to the Outer Banks!

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