Travel Guide: Outer Banks, North Carolina

Updated: May 8

Kitty Hawk/Outer banks was one of the most relaxing trips I've ever taken! I couldn’t get enough of local restaurants, cool air, blue water, and the incredible sunrise that is 1,000% worth waking up early for. On previous trips things either seemed rushed, hectic, or busy with things to do that when I get back home I feel like I need to take a vacation after my vacation. Ever happen to you? Well, it didn't happen this trip even with the added schedule of events (my cousins wedding). Something in the air just felt so peaceful and relaxing.

Fun Fact: The Netflix show, Outer Banks, was not actually filmed here. It was filmed in/around Charleston, South Carolina due to North Carolina's Bathroom Bill.

3 Day Trip
Weather- In June the average temp ranges from 72F-79F, although it did reach 90F on Saturday
Getting around- Rental car or walk
Airport- Fly into Norfolk International Airport from there it will be a 1.5/2 hr drive to Kitty Hawk

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All photos you see were taken in Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks. Beach front hotels were limited in Kitty Hawk specifically, but there were several beach houses available for rent. Further down the beach of Outer Banks there were more ocean view hotel options.

Hotel We stayed At

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk. The service was great and every room had a balcony! Beach access with options to rent chairs and umbrellas (highly recommend if planning on staying at the beach all day). To rent the chairs it was $15 all day and $20 for the umbrella. Private access to Kitty Hawk pier. Cute pool area and outside bar. I recommend trying their Hippie Juice drink (acholic), it was delicious! If you're not much of a beach fan no worries, they have an inside & outside pool. Also, this hotel does not have free continental breakfast, they do have a restaurant on sight though. There is a Walmart close by if you want to stock up on any drinks/snacks and a Walgreens right across the street.

View Additional Hotel Options for Kitty Hawk

Beachwoods Resort - $$ - This resort is surrounded by woods and lakes. They offer various facilities including a tennis court, fitness center, playground, game room, barbecue facilities, and on-site family water park. Located 1 mile from the beach.

Baymont by Wyndham Kitty Hawk Outer Banks - $$ - Free continental breakfast, outdoor pool, and located less than a mile from the beach.

Saltaire Cottages- $-$$$- There are 12 cottages that range from 1-4 bedrooms. Each cottage has a full kitchen, family room and a porch or screened balcony. Private beach access directly across the street and access to pool. Each unit has heat/air, TV's, stove/oven, microwave, Keurig, toaster, pots/pans, dishes and silverware.

Airbnb/House Rentals in Kitty Hawk

Crab House - $$$- There is an extra-large oceanfront deck with deck chairs and exceptional, expansive ocean views. House features large open great room area with dining space and sleeps 10 people. New kitchen with all new appliances.

Ocean View Townhome- $$- This townhome is ideal for one family or vacationing with good friends. One bedroom features a queen bed with a private balcony, the other features two twin beds. Each bedroom has a private full bathroom. Walking distance from beach.

Fragile Magic - $$ - Comes with a hot tub that's worthy of star gazing, as well as a large ocean side deck that opens to a beachfront walkway and a front row dune top deck with brilliant ocean views. Bedding: 2 King, 1 Queen, 1 Full, 1 Bunk.

Downwinder - $$ - A modern oceanfront cottage in the heart of Kitty Hawk! From the classic beach box look to the nautical themed interior, everything about this vacation home says, “Beach vibes only!” Plus, you just can't beat the view since the ocean is literally at your back door! Fits 6 guests.

Foxhole- $ - Oceanfront home in Kitty Hawk that has been nestled among the dunes for decades. The exterior of the home has a carport for covered parking and an outdoor shower which will come in handy after playing on the beach all day! Perfect for 8 guests.


Definitely try and make a reservation for anywhere you go in Kitty hawk. One night we had to go to several different places before we could find a place to eat. If they don't offer reservations, definitely get their early to be one of the first ones in line. Most of the restaurants in the area close at 9pm.

TRiO- If you are a brunch person then I 10/10 recommend! The Brioche French Toast was out of this world!! I really enjoyed their Avocado Romesco Toast, as well. I wish we would have ate their at the beginning of our trip because I would have loved to try their lunch or dinner menu as well.

Stack em' High - Here is another great breakfast option! The food reminded me of my grandma's home cooked meals. I got the blueberry pancakes and loved every bite.

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar - You will definitely need a reservation for this place, we got lucky with our spot. Be warned this place is pricey! The food was very good though.

Other restaurants I would have liked to try:

Art's Place - Known for their great burgers!

The Kill Devil Grill - I heard this place has great food and worth the wait. They have an American and Seafood Menu.

I Got Your Crabs - Talk about Seafood heaven, this place has so many great reviews!

Steamers - This Seafood, American & Sandwiches restaurant also had so many great reviews.


Relax on the Beach - We spent so much of our time out on the beach or pier. We made a pit stop at Walmart, loaded up with waters and snacks, and hit the beach. I also woke up early one morning and enjoyed the sunrise (truly and incredible sight). Be warned, at night the beach will be COVERED in crabs! It was a little terrifying to be walking down there so we ended up just walking on the pier instead to enjoy the evening air.

2-hour Outer Banks Wild Horse Tour by 4WD - This is a little farther down the beach, but if you are someone who likes photo opts like I do, this might be right up your alley. See wild horses of Corolla on a 4- wheel drive vehicle along sand dunes and ocean.

Surf Lessons - Want to learn how to surf? This might just be your chance!

Paradise Fun Park - Fun for the whole family with mini golf, bumper cars or Go-Karts.