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Old 01-20-2014, 09:20 PM   #1
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I would like to plan a trip to the outer banks with my family. Our kids are 10 and 7. I dont want to go all the way to the end of the banks because of the drive. We are in NY and this would be our first "far away". I would love to be close to the beach. My kids havent really been exposed to a real beach. Any suggestions of what towns to look in? Or to stay away from? all suggestions are appreciated
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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Well I would recommend visiting the Wright Brothers memorial in Kitty Hawk. Jockeys ridge near Nags Head has the largest natural sand dune on the east coast, that`s kinda neat. Light house at Cape Hatteras. Have not camped there since I was kid so cannot recommend any campgrounds.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:44 PM   #3
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The entire OBX is phenomenal! Lighthouses, unspoiled beaches, fishing, serenity, etc. abound. I assume you're camping? Have you picked a campground yet?
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:17 AM   #4
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​Where are "the outer banks"?
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:27 AM   #6
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I recommend Camp Hatteras on the ocean side. We were just there in August and the entire family had a great great time. There is an ice cream shop (and fudge) right next door within walking distance and we hit it every night we were there. I also visited the Wright monument on the way back home. They have parking for RVs.

We are also from NY (Buffalo). While driving, skip the DC Beltway. I think we took the 64 into Richmond to bypass that mess. Also, if at all possible, try to hit Newport News and Norfolk at off hours. We hit it at rush hour on a Friday and it wasn't pretty. There are a few tunnels in that area to make it a bit more interesting.

No doubt about it, it was a long drive.
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Could also come down the shore through Jersey/Delaware/Md/Va for an adventure. Stop at Kiptopeke SP on the tail end of the eastern shore then take the Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel south to the Outer Banks.

LadyW- The Outer Banks are a thin strip of barrier islands that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the bayside sounds of NC. The lower portion called Ocracoke island is only accessible by ferry. Its quite a considerable drive from one end to the other, I went as far north as possible (without 4 wheel drive beach vehicle) and south to Ocracoke. There is also a ferry that goes to the mainland on the southern end, that` s over a 2 hr trip IIRC.
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NC Outer Banks OBX) is a wonderful trip and Camp Hatteras at Rodanthe is an excellent campground. It's has a good proximity to Nags Head, Jockey's Ridge, Hatteras Lighthouse, and Ocracoke. We camped in one of the premium sites on the ocean side of the campground. A benefit to Camp Hatteras that we thoroughly enjoyed was going over to the sound side of the campground to view the sunsets. If you decide to visit the OBX and time permits, I highly recommend a visit to Ocracoke. It's a short ferry ride and the village there is very nice. Howard's Pub at Ocracoke is highly recommended as well.

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thanks for all the info! I will have to research more!
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:43 AM   #10
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There are some nice camp grounds in the Walves - Salvo area of OBX. I think one is a KOA with pool, store and game room for the kids. It is one the ocean side of route 12.
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