It is easy to plan a weekend getaway from Raleigh since the city is so close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Only a 3-hour drive, just far enough to experience something new without spending all your time in the car. Consider spending a long weekend at a Shoreline OBX vacation home or condo. Whether this is your first trip to the Outer Banks or your tenth, let Shoreline help you figure out the best activities during your weekend trip from Raleigh. There are so many historic landmarks, outdoor activities and great local food to make for a memorable weekend getaway. We suggest staying from Nags Head to Corolla, NC when planning a trip from Raleigh since it’s the closest town and filled with plenty to do.

On your first day, we would recommend visiting the Bodie Island Lighthouse located in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This horizontally striped lighthouse stands 156-foot tall and visitors can make the climb to the top. The views are fantastic from this area so don’t forget to bring your camera. Then hop on over to the Wright Brothers National Memorial which commemorates the first powered, sustained flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright. There are several exhibits to tour including full-scale replicas of gliders and buildings. Enjoy a short film about the Wright brothers and then climb the 90-foot hill to see the granite monument. Again, bring your camera for some beautiful shots of the Outer Banks.

For your first evening on the Outer Banks, we would suggest partaking in some local seafood. There are several great restaurants in Nags Head to enjoy fresh seafood. One of our favorite fine dining restaurants is Owens’ Restaurant located in Nags Head around Milepost 16.5. Owens’ is still owned and operated by its founding family and has been serving the Outer Banks for 68 years. Known for it’s fresh seafood and shellfish, they also offer Angus steaks, pasta and homemade desserts.

On day two, we suggest you go shopping. The Outer Banks is filled with unique shops offering beach themed items, handmade crafts from local artists and antiques. The Cotton Gin offers everything from beach accessories to resort fashion to wood carvings. Looking for more traditional items, try Farmers Daughter for OBX Beads, Salt Life and Guy Harvey. May we also suggest Yellowhouse Gallery around Milepost 13.5 to view some beautiful local art.

Later that day you will love visiting the tallest sand dune on the east coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Take a late afternoon walk through the several walking trails or climb to the top of the sand dune and try to fly a kite. Then as the sun begins to set, relax with your sweetheart while watching the most amazing sunset from the top of the sand dune.

For you last evening on the Outer Banks, why not try a local favorite for some Outer Banks fare. One favorite dinner spot is Tortuga’s Lie, a small locally owned restaurant with a Caribbean theme. The place may not be fancy but they have some of the best food around. Try the Cayman Conch Fritters for an appetizer and Baja Fish Taco Platter for your meal. You won’t regret giving this quaint little dive and try!

Planning a weekend on the Outer Banks is so much fun. Plus, each time you visit you will find new treasured spots. Consider calling Shoreline OBX to book a romantic weekend getaway from Raleigh or a larger gathering of friend and family. We have accommodations for any group size. Give us a call today and our friendly staff can assist you in planning your next getaway from Raleigh.