While it's tempting to pick an island and park yourself on one of its beaches, not driving up and down the Outer Banks Scenic Byway is doing the destination a disservice. You can get in touch with your inner pirate on Ocracoke, hunt for clues to the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, climb the lighthouse on Bodie Island, pay tribute to the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hills, and learn the lore of Hatteras Island's witchy Cora Tree. Or just relax on the sand. Your choice!
Along this incredible byway down North Carolina's coastal Outer Banks Scenic Byway, you'll explore everything from wildlife to beaches, to shipwrecks and lighthouses, to the very location where the Wright brothers changed history with their first flight. Get ready for loads of seaside charm as you road trip along the Outer Banks! - Roadtrippers Outer Banks National Scenic Byway North Carolina Highway 12. Length: 142.5 driving miles Driving Time: 6.5 hours, including 3.5 hours on two ferries Regions: Outer Banks, Crystal Coast From Whalebone Junction in Dare County to Beaufort in Carteret County the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway traces the easternmost parts of North Carolina along the state’s barrier islands. The unique maritime culture shared by the 21 coastal villages along this route led to its designation as a National Scenic Byway. North Carolina’s barrier islands extend from the northern state line south to Cape Lookout. They are separated from the mainland by six broad yet shallow sounds ranging from three to 40 miles wide. From north to south, they are: Currituck, Albemarle, Roanoke, Pamlico, Core and Bogue. Pamlico Sound is the largest sound on the East Coast, covering more than 1,800 square miles. It’s visible to the west along many portions of the Byway, which crosses its waters via ferry from Ocracoke Island to both Hatteras and Cedar Island.
If you like lighthouses, seafood and beautiful coasts the Outer Banks will not disappoint.
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