How to Plan a Road Trip from Washington, DC, to the Outer Banks

Road trips can be some of the best types of getaways. There’s plenty of time to bond with your friends or family, and you can make some stops along the way to visit other destinations. If you want to escape the city for a few days, plan a trip from Washington, DC, to the Outer Banks. The ride is only about five hours, and you’ll have the convenience of your own car with you during your trip. This gives the ability to drive around and experience even more of our beautiful coastal area.

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Everything You Need to Know About Driving From Washington, DC, to the Outer Banks

The Route

The drive from Washington, DC, to the Outer Banks is pretty straightforward. From DC, you’ll hop on Interstate 95 and follow the highway until you reach Richmond, Virginia. Here, you’ll merge onto highway I-64W, which will take you right through to the Outer Banks. The region of North Carolina known as the Outer Banks actually spans 200 miles of the coast. These beautiful barrier islands are one of the most popular destinations, but visitors have many different areas to choose from when staying here. 

Things to See Along the Way

There are plenty of great places to stop in Virginia as you make your way from Washington, DC, to the Outer Banks. History buffs will want to stop in Fredericksburg, VA. Right along the route to the Outer Banks, this charming town is best known for its role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. You’ll be able to explore battlegrounds and learn more about the town at various museums including the Fredericksburg Area Museum. Along the drive, you can also take a detour into Richmond, VA, the state’s capital. This city is rich in culture with a large music and arts scene.

What to Do in the Outer Banks

Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll discover a nearly endless list of things to do in the Outer Banks. With more than 100 miles of shoreline, there are dozens of great beaches where you can go to lounge, swim, and shell hunt. You can also explore some of the many lighthouses found throughout the area. Don’t forget about all the other activities like trying a new water sport, visiting wild horses, and, of course, dining at some of the top restaurants.

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After driving from Washington, DC, to the Outer Banks, arrive at one of our beautiful Shoreline OBX vacation rentals to unwind. We have locations throughout the Outer Banks from Corolla to Nags Head. Each of our properties offer the comforts of a home to help you truly lay back and relax during your trip. Many of our rentals are right on the beach, so you can step from your back door to the sand. If you’re thinking about bringing your furry friend along, we also have a selection of pet-friendly rentals.

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