The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks Travel Guide

The half-timbered, pointy-roofed bakery makes its own doughnuts in the mornings, served outside on a sunny deck.

Pick up mango pastries and supersweet tropical desserts.

See real pirate relics, including artifacts from what’s believed to be Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. There's also a Civil War gunship and parts of a German U-boat that once trolled nearby waters.

Explore the underwater wrecks—most of which lie at depths of 90 feet or more—with expert guidance. Snorkeling trips are also available for those not deep-water-certified.

Every May, a team of 200 actors and designers put together a theatrical imagining of Roanoke’s doomed 16th-century settlement.

Then look for your perfect spot to sun worship, beneath the dunes.

Buzz over town in a WWII-era biplane. Or, for an even more thrilling adventure, take wing yourself with a hang glider over Kitty Hawk’s powdery dunes (Kitty Hawk Kites offers three-hour lessons for $100).

Catch the classic movie of the week at the vintage-1960s theater.

Give the family a taste of adventure on the high seas with an hour-long tour that touches on Blackbeard’s history. Expect face-painting, costumes, water cannons, and treasure maps.

Buzz over town in a WWII-era biplane. Or, for an even more thrilling adventure, take wing yourself with a hang glider over Kitty Hawk’s powdery dunes (Kitty Hawk Kites offers three-hour lessons for $100).

Summer squalls churn up everything from tiny, butterfly-like coquinas to Scotch bonnets on the North Point, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where wild horses roam.