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Outer Banks Travel – Getting Around

The Outer Banks is a wonderful vacation destination for travelers of all types. Between the white sand beaches, wild horses, historical landmarks, amazing restaurants, and fun shopping stops, it’s easy to see why first-time travelers decide to return year after year in the name of even more fun and exploration! That said, one of the biggest questions travelers face when planning a trip this way is just how exactly they should best get around town? Ultimately, the answer depends on the itinerary you choose to follow, but in general, attractions across the Outer Banks are rather far apart and require access to a car, ferry, or a bike at minimum. Depending on what your plans entail, the following are a few transportation suggestions that should help when it comes to planning how to get around the Outer Banks travel during your getaway.

Consider Renting a Car or Car Service

Those travelers to the Outer Banks who value the ability to pick up and go explore whenever they feel like it will definitely benefit from having their own car available. Car rental options are readily available at both Norfolk International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Downtown Kill Devil Hills also has rental car options for those looking to hit the road in rental style while they’re here. North Carolina Highway 12 runs through the Outer Banks north to south and can be utilized as a starting point for getting to many of the main attractions. That said, if you’re headed this way during peak travel season and driving, be sure to set aside extra travel time. The roads can get extremely crowded with vehicles this time of year and you’ll want to give yourself a cushion for dinner reservations, activities and more. Also keep in mind that many addresses are given to drivers in reference to a specific milepost. When this happens, it’s important to note that mile markers begin at 1 in Northern Kitty Hawk and work their way upward as drivers head south. The mileposts officially end in Southern Nags Head and start up again on Hatteras Island. If you prefer to enjoy the ride without having to worry about driving itself, the company Coastal Transportation offers driver services upon request to travelers headed to the Outer Banks.

Try the Ferry

If your travel plans include time on Ocracoke Island, you’ll want to get onboard with the idea of hopping on the Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry to get there. This one-way passenger-specific route is $5 a person to enjoy and provides you with a 70-minute trip that can be made between May and September. If you’re traveling with a car, you’ll want to use the Hatteras to Ocracoke car ferry instead.

Enjoy Time Biking

If you don’t have to cross any major waterways during your time in the Outer Banks, then renting a bike while you’re here is a great way to get around. It’s an affordable option that equally scenic and exciting. Take time to explore the many local bike trails at your own pace and make sure to make time to stop and snap a photo or two while you ride.

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When you’re ready for an Outer Banks travel adventure, the team at Shoreline OBX has the vacation rental you deserve to make the most of your stay. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your next trip.