Mr. UR and I went on an off-season road trip there - off-season as in February - with the benefit of no crowds or traffic but also no beach time. But we were able to sit in deck chairs in the sunshine so we had that. And sunshine in the Outer Banks in February - I'll take it!
We started our drive at the ferry at Cedar Island. First, let me tell you that Cedar Cove is in the middle of nowhere... I mean nowhere. ( It was about an hour drive from our hotel in Atlantic Beach) You pass homes, a few convenience stores and then marshland for as far as you can see. We boarded the ferry at Cedar Island for the 2 1/4 hour ride to Ocracoke Island.
You can stay on Ocracoke but for many it's just a pass through to get to the next ferry - from Ocracoke to Hatteras. You'll pass through the small town of Ocracoke and the beauty of Cape Hatteras National Seashore - about a 20 minute drive - to board one of the most popular ferries in the NC Ferry System. The ride takes about 45 minutes and you're deposited at Hatteras Village to start the 70 mile drive north to Kitty Hawk. Our outbound ferry had a maintenance issue (who said that only happens to planes?) so we had the added bonus of walking the beach while waiting.
We passed through the small towns of Avon, Buxton, Salvo and Rodanthe while enjoying the windswept views of this portion of Cape Hatteras National Seashore which is consistently rated one of the top 10 drives in the US. We didn't stop this time but you can stop at Pea Island Wildlife Refuge with it's 350 species of wild birds. Or climb the steps to the top of one of the Outer Banks most famous places - the black and white striped Cape Hatteras Light. Or visit the newly restored Bodie Island Lighthouse.
We made it to Jockeys Ridge -the highest sand dunes on the East Coast - just before sunset. After a climb in the sand it was time to get some dinner.
There was quite a wait at our first choice - the Blue Moon Beach Grill - so we had a drink at the bar and moseyed on down the road to the Outer Banks Brewing Station. We easily got a seat and enjoyed reading the history of the place. Did you know it's the first wind-powered brewery in America?
After dinner it was time to check in at Sanderling Resort in Duck for our weekend. Satisfied road - and water - trippers happy after driving the beautiful Outer Banks.
How about you? Have you been to the Outer Banks?
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