Turn your two-hour car ride into a lifetime of memories! Driving from Virginia Beach to The Outer Banks is a great way to extend your vacation and experience two of the best East-Coast beaches in one trip. Find out more about the drive, where to stop along the way, and what to do once you get to the Outer Banks right here! Before you depart, don’t forget to take advantage of our local expertise. Our free Outer Banks Vacation Guide is full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and events. Let us guide you toward the vacation of your dreams!

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The Ideal Virginia Beach to the Outer Banks Vacation

About the Drive

Depending on traffic, driving from Virginia Beach to The Outer Banks usually takes about two hours and thirty minutes. The drive is pretty simple, once you pass the North Carolina border there is really only a couple of major turns and you get to enjoy some great views along the way. The latter half of the trip weaves its way along the coastline. Check out the map for more details!

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What to Do Along the Way

On such a short drive, making any major stops really isn’t worth it. But if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a short break from driving, there are plenty of places for a pit stop. If you’re leaving Virginia Beach around lunchtime, it might be worth stopping in Northfolk, VA, on your way out. About halfway to your destination, Curritick, NC, is another decent place to stop and fuel up for the remaining hour-and-a-half drive.

What to Do While You’re Here

When you make the two-and-a-half-hour trip from Virginia Beach to the Outer Banks, you’ll immediately notice the easygoing atmosphere. Small fishing towns rich in history, good food, and exciting things to do will define your trip. But, where do you start if you’re not from here? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Lighthouses in OBX

The lighthouses in OBX are some of the most wonderful lighthouses in the United States. There are several that are among some of the most iconic and historic lighthouses in the country. Whether you’re looking for things to do in the Outer Banks at night or things to do in the Outer Banks on a rainy day, there is never a bad time to visit a local lighthouse.

The Wild Horses of The Outer Banks

The wild horses of The Outer Banks are a wonderful sight and an amazing thing to experience when visiting our area. The Outer Banks is one of the few areas in the United States that has wild mustangs roaming free. It’s a truly magical sight to see these majestic horses living free in a scenic environment like The Outer Banks.

The Lost Colony Play

Don’t miss the Lost Colony play in Manteo, North Carolina this summer! The Lost Colony is the second-longest running historical outdoor drama as it has been performed since 1937. The play runs May through August at Waterside Theater at 1409 National Park Drive in Manteo.

Outer Banks Beaches

While there’s so much to do here, the Outer Banks beaches are without question the best North Carolina beaches. OBX is made up of 100 miles of narrow barrier islands.  Each town has a unique feel with miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The area is rich in history, has plentiful shopping and dining, and activities for the whole family. From great places to surf to pet-friendly beaches, you are guaranteed to enjoy your time in the Outer Banks.

Where to Stay in the Outer Banks

Now that you’ve decided on making the trip, it’s time to figure out where to call home while you’re here. Luckily, Shoreline OBX has beautiful vacation rentals in every Outer Banks community. No matter which part of The Outer Banks is calling your name, the perfect home is always waiting!

For example, Field of Dreams is a stunning, oceanfront property in Duck that features magnificent views of the ocean, comfortable living for 15 guests, and a private pool and hot tub! Take your Outer Banks getaway to the next level by booking with Shoreline OBX.

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