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Travel the Outer Banks Scenic Byway 

12/20/2023 | by Emily Wells | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities

Travel along the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, an unforgettable 140-mile route that captures the essence of North Carolina’s coastal beauty and heritage. This scenic drive is a must-add to your Outer Banks adventure itinerary!

Discover more things to do, places to go, and sights to see in the Outer Banks in our complimentary Manteo Vacation Guide!

Highlights of the Outer Banks Scenic Byway

Traverse through a variety of landscapes like stunning beaches, marshy wetlands, and quaint coastal villages. Each of these spots offers unique views that will take your breath away.

Along the way you’ll see landmarks that are significant to the Outer Banks such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Frisco Native American Museum.

Take your time meandering along the charming coastal communities like Hatteras and Ocracoke, where local culture and hospitality shine.

The Outer Banks Scenic Byway is prime for wildlife watching. Bring your binoculars for an in-depth view of the wild horses, sea turtles, and various bird species in their natural habitats.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Drive

Simply put, it’s for the views! The drive itself offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. There’s something to see and do at every stop along the way. Educational stops allow you to interact and engage with the area’s history and natural world.

Plan Your Adventure

The Outer Banks Scenic Byway is beautiful to visit any time of year. Consider seasons and weather for an optimal experience. As can be expected, the warmer seasons bring more crowds. Prepare accordingly for traffic and congestion by getting an earlier start.

Give yourself enough time to explore and not rush through the Byway. Choose centrally located accommodations, like the ones offered at Pirate’s Cove! Check out the selection and come stay with us during your trip to the Outer Banks!

Book Your Stay Today

Elevate your Outer Banks stay in style when you book your vacation accommodations through Pirate’s Cove Realty.

Browse through our list of rentals and book your property today! We look forward to welcoming you to our Outer Banks oasis.