This gorgeous and nautical route in eastern North Carolina makes for the perfect drive on a beautiful summer day.
The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway begins in the northern portion of the state at Whalebone Junction, in Nags Head, Dare County. Byway travelers that make their way south are lined with the picturesque Atlantic Ocean on the eastern side and Pamlico Sound towards the west. The Byway crosses over Bodie and Hatteras Islands in Dare County, Ocracoke Island in Hyde County, and Down East in Carteret County. You will also pass through numerous quaint seaside communities along this route. The sweeping ocean landscapes are hard to peel your eyes away from and they provide for astonishing photo-ops for the entire drive. You will undoubtedly want to allot extra time to pull over and enjoy the various points of interest you will come across on the drive. There are two different ferry rides available along this route, one that is free between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and another one that is longer and has a toll that goes between Ocracoke Island and Down Easts Cedar Island. You can head to the official website for additional details, such as various points of interest and any events.