There is nothing quite like having your feet in the sand and looking out across the ocean.

You can take a deep, deep breath, feel the calm and reconnect to the simple rhythms of the earth - the rising and setting of the sun, the breeze, and the movement of waves.

Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina (east coast of the southern United States), Nags Head rests on a narrow strip of land. Legend has it that the area was named for the lanterns that pirates and local residents who roamed the beach tied to an old horse's neck to light their way.

Today, it is a wonderland of beach rentals and sun and fun play activites.


Lodging: There are many, many beach hotels, condominiums, houses and RV parks along the Outer Banks. Tested Travel was in search of a modest ocean front beach home for some long-awaited R&R.  We tested:
Gates' Getaway


Top Sites:  In addition to the beach (as if that is not enough!), there are lots of different kinds of activities to keep you busy on the Outer Banks.
South Nags Head Beach
Alligator River
Jocky's Ridge
Lost Treasure Mini Golf
Bodie Island Light Station



Eats: The Outer Banks is full of restaurants.  Here are a few we tested:
Josephine's Sicilian Kitchen
Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill

Good to Knows:  These are a few tidbits that are just helpful (or fun) to know! {coming soon!}