The Outer Banks of North Carolina is almost a day trip from here in south Virginia. When we lived in North Carolina we used to take outings around to check out all the famous lighthouses that are there. Sometimes, we didn’t even need to take long trip – on a clear night we could just walk up to our crows nest on the top of our house (it’s a roof deck) and look out to see a lighthouse beacon in the distance. I never remember if it was Cape Hatteras or Cape Lookout that we could see though. I’m pretty sure it was Cape Hatteras though.
One time we rode the ferry to Ocracoke (an island right off of North Carolina) and were just blown away by it. You could not get there by car – so you had to load your car onto the ferry. It was about a 2 hour ride to the island and once you got there it was like you automatically relaxed. Typical “island” lifestyle! Plus, plenty of history and pirate lore! (It’s been said that Blackbeard himself tried to turn Ocracoke into a haven for pirates!) Another part I loved about Ocracoke was all the old, old cemeteries around the island – and anyone who’s read this blog before knows I have a love for all things graveyard. We also got to do some 4x4ing on one of the many “drive on” beaches on the island. Be careful that you can get out once you get in though – there are a few places that you can easily get stuck.
I’d love to plan another trip to the Outer Banks soon. It’s great for couples and families alike. There is a ton to see and do and lots of history (and pirates!). It’s beautiful there – and they even made the list in the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” written by Patricia Schultz. See? There’s two recommendations for you!