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Exquisite and Dangerously Beautiful Strip of Seashore - Hope It Lasts for the Next Generation!

We love the barren look and feel of portions of Rt. 12 throughout the seashore, as well as the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Diane C
Gloucester, VA
Don't Bypass a National Scenic Byway

For our drive down from NYC to Charleston, my boyfriend wanted to take the scenic route down along... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2018
New York City, New York
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A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
North Carolina Highway 12, Hatteras Island, NC 27954
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the barren look and feel of portions of Rt. 12 throughout the seashore, as well as the friendliness and small-town feel of all of the villages along the route, though our favorite is Hatteras Village. If you want a quieter beach to enjoy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 29, 2018

For our drive down from NYC to Charleston, my boyfriend wanted to take the scenic route down along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway rather than going on I-95. So we made our way to Kitty Hawk, NC to spend the night before heading out....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Probably the most impressive thing here is how wild the beaches are. Big waves and high wind makes it seem wilder. Simple drive between cities. Take the scenic route.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rather_Nomadic
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Gotta be one of the last places on earth where a person can visit such long stretches of undisturbed beaches. 4-wheeled drive vehicles can drive on beach with a permit. Often nothing else on beach but you!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank wiffee
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Came in the off season so we weren't able to do the tour of the light house but we walked the grounds. Then went to the old location and walked the beach. Beautiful place with lots of history.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank GMaike80
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Fun day of sightseeing. Easy drive. Scenery is great. Sound on one side, ocean on the other. Plenty of beaches to stop by. Don’t get in a hurry. Just pull off and take a walk on one of the beaches.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tim R
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to the lighthouse and the surrounding grasslands. The crabs in the water were fun to watch.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rogersober
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Our National Seashores are a treasure and this is one of the crown jewels. I’ve driven it three times and will do so again. A beautiful, peaceful coastline, amazing sand dunes, majestic lighthouses, an array of coastal wildlife and plants, and some unique beach homes...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank jonr105
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Perfect place for a group/family picture where we sat on rocks with the lighthouse as the backdrop. Nice view from atop the lighthouse.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AdaC301
Reviewed October 2, 2018

So peaceful and serene in the fall. I went in September and loved it. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is beautiful. The drive is peaceful and you get in free if you are a National Park member. We didn't go as far as Cape Hatteras, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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June 15, 2017|
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
only a two-lane road to cross if you must. Some parking on both sides in places, some with restrooms.
Linda W
June 30, 2015|
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
Ocracoke's ponies are penned up off the northern beach road; sometimes you see one or two, maybe not, from a small viewing platform. Can't get anywhere near them! In Currituck area, you need to pay about $50 for a buggy... More