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Old 08-13-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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Im seriously planning a 1-2 week RV trip to the Outer Banks next April 2012 (I could also go in May...but thats it) . Is there enough to do for a couple weeks ? How expensive is everything ? Is there a variety of things to do to fit most peoples fancy ? How would YOU rate it overall and would you go back ?

Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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I've been to a lot of beaches in the US (mostly east coast). From ME all the way to southern FL. The outer banks IMO are some of the best the east coast has to offer if you're into the quiet peaceful type. Not much to do but enjoy the local food and relax, but that's kinda the point, isn't it? I would plan for a cooler time of the year, we lucked out when we went in August because the wx was cloudy (mostly) and cool. Made for a great stay. Early April would probably be perfect.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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I've been to a lot of beaches in the US (mostly east coast). From ME all the way to southern FL. The outer banks IMO are some of the best the east coast has to offer if you're into the quiet peaceful type. Not much to do but enjoy the local food and relax, but that's kinda the point, isn't it? I would plan for a cooler time of the year, we lucked out when we went in August because the wx was cloudy (mostly) and cool. Made for a great stay. Early April would probably be perfect.
Good to know. Thanks. Yes..im into the peace and quiet and a Seafood Buffet at night .
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Well I am happy for you, 007.5. I am a NC native and also have traveled to beaches up/down the eastern seaboard.

OBX beaches are truly lovely....and clean....and all on islands of course. There are nature preserves and wildlife refuges all over. Upper OB and Mid OB have hotels galore and houses/condos for rent, more developed overall. Further south around Nags Head, the areas clear...mostly just oceanfront homes.

Even further south the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge and public beaches. Then on the Hatteras and the Cape, very pristine. The National Park Sections have no oceanfront buildings at all. REALLY nice.


Unless you go to the Duck/Corolla area, there is not much to do except shop, visit the Wright Bros. Memorial, Jockey's Ridge, huge sand dunes where hang gliding is constant; lighthouses are popular too. Then of course good food and beach stuff.


I just moved to the SC coast but would have chosen OBX if there was a larger town/city...too small for me for permanent life, but my favorite overall.


Oh and the water there does not get warm enough to swim comfortably until mid-June or so, and even later as you go north.


Have a great time
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Well I am happy for you, 007.5. I am a NC native and also have traveled to beaches up/down the eastern seaboard.

OBX beaches are truly lovely....and clean....and all on islands of course. There are nature preserves and wildlife refuges all over. Upper OB and Mid OB have hotels galore and houses/condos for rent, more developed overall. Further south around Nags Head, the areas clear...mostly just oceanfront homes.

Even further south the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge and public beaches. Then on the Hatteras and the Cape, very pristine. The National Park Sections have no oceanfront buildings at all. REALLY nice.


Unless you go to the Duck/Corolla area, there is not much to do except shop, visit the Wright Bros. Memorial, Jockey's Ridge, huge sand dunes where hang gliding is constant; lighthouses are popular too. Then of course good food and beach stuff.


I just moved to the SC coast but would have chosen OBX if there was a larger town/city...too small for me for permanent life, but my favorite overall.


Oh and the water there does not get warm enough to swim comfortably until mid-June or so, and even later as you go north.


Have a great time
The O.B.'s sounds like what im looking for, and, maybe i can find some things to do on the mainland as well. On my way up there from Florida where i live, ill be stopping at Hilton Head, S.C. which ive been to twice in the past, but not for a long time nor with an RV. Do you know of a Drag Strip near the O.B.'s as im into car racing ? Thanks.
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I know I'm weird, but I found the Wright Brothers memorial in Kill Devil Hills (near Kitty Hawk) one of the most profoundly moving places I have ever experienced. I have a framed photo of the first flight (the one where Wilbur is running alongside the plane having just let go of the wing) on my piano for daily inspiration. Be sure to stay for the ranger's talk. They still have the brothers' sheds where they lived and worked. We found the lodgings reasonable , the restaurants overpriced but all in all it's a wonderful place to visit. If I were rich I think I'd get a place in Duck. Have a wonderful time!
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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I know I'm weird, but I found the Wright Brothers memorial in Kill Devil Hills (near Kitty Hawk) one of the most profoundly moving places I have ever experienced. I have a framed photo of the first flight (the one where Wilbur is running alongside the plane having just let go of the wing) on my piano for daily inspiration. Be sure to stay for the ranger's talk. They still have the brothers' sheds where they lived and worked. We found the lodgings reasonable , the restaurants overpriced but all in all it's a wonderful place to visit. If I were rich I think I'd get a place in Duck. Have a wonderful time!
I think as a male, ill enjoy the Wright Bros. Ill probably do the O/B's along with somethings on the mainland if i can find some of interest.
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Old 08-15-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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The OBX is cool, especially if you want to relax. But, a week or two may get to be kind of boring, especially during that part of the year, where its slow.

What about going to some different NC or SC beaches too, like Myrtle Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Atlantic Beach, etc?
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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The OBX is cool, especially if you want to relax. But, a week or two may get to be kind of boring, especially during that part of the year, where its slow.

What about going to some different NC or SC beaches too, like Myrtle Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Atlantic Beach, etc?
I was going to hit Myrtle Beach on the way up to N.C. from Florida ...but dont want to travel and further north than N.C. to destinations. Is there anything of interest say within a 50 mile radius of OBX ?
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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We spent a week there in June a few years back. It was a little too windy for me there, blowing the sand around too much. Lighthouse tours, wright brothers memorial were great. Not a lot for a family with very young kids to do.
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