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Outer Banks, NC Trip

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  • Distance: 419 miles / 674.3 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $31.84
  • State: North Carolina
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This is a fantastic Outer Banks trip, great for a nice weekend or more of riding. The trip would be best if you have about 3-5 days !My friends and I started out in Atlantic Beach, NC on our Harley Road King Custom, Harley Road Glide and Kawasaki Drifter. A nice breakfast at Four Corners was a wonderful way to start the trip. We headed down the Bogue Banks towards Emerald Isle, stopping several times to take pictures of our bikes against the Atlantic Ocean backdrop. There is a beautiful view of the Intra Coastal Waterway as we crossed over the bridge and off the Banks onto the mainland and headed to New Bern.New Bern Harley Davidson was having a customer appreciation day and we were right on time. Owing more to good luck than good timing we enjoyed the live music and free Carolina pulled pork BBQ. The HD Dealer has a nice selection of Harley souvenirs and accessories to load up on. The next stop was the Cedar Island Ferry over to Ocracoke. *** Make sure to make reservations a couple days ahead of time for the ferry*** The cost for the bikes was $10 each and the two hour trip was comfortable and uneventful enough to catch a nap. We got to Ocracoke about 7:30 pm and went right to the hotel to check in. We stayed at the Anchorage Inn which was clean and comfortable. The price in early May was $140 and we were lucky to get the room since there was a fishing tournament on the island. We ate at the Jolly Roger Pub and Marina and enjoyed a good meal there. Be prepared to pay a little more for dinner (you are at the beach). The service was good and the food excellent. A huge tip here is to bring bug spray; it is hard to enjoy your meal swatting away the bugs. If you are an early riser, head out of town about 15-20 minutes to one of the beach access areas. Here you can watch the sun rise on a deserted beach. Bring your camera for some nice scenic shots. Also, I was fortunate enough to stumble on a little coffee shop across from the Old Community Store (sorry I don’t remember the name and they had just opened the week prior). The coffee was great and a nice front porch offered some quality conversation and relaxation while waking up. We enjoyed a top notch breakfast at Dajios . The prices were a little steep but the caramelized apple pancakes and potatoes with cheese and onions were the best I have ever had and the service was great. The ride to the Hatteras Ferry was scenic and took about an hour. The ferry was free and leaves every half hour. There are several opportunities to take pictures of some beautiful beach line and shoals from the ferry. Once you get to Hatteras there is plenty to see and do. We decided to press on through to Nags Head because we only allotted a weekend for our trip. This would be a great place to stay for the night and relax. We did stop at the Hatteras Lighthouse and took the obligatory tourist pictures of our bikes in front. The ride from Hatteras to Nags Head was a little brutal since we did it without windshields and there was a considerable amount of wind which sand blasted us throughout the ride. Again, there were several places to pull off and enjoy watching the wind surfers and sailboarding along the route. The ride is very scenic and there are several places you can see water on both sides of the roads as you travel along. There are also a couple of long span bridges which with the wind made for an interesting ride. We arrived in Nags Head and went right to Harley of Nags Head. The store is not full service but rather a place to get cool t-shirts and mementos but no accessories or biking gear. We met up with another old friend and together headed to the Black Pelican Restaurant a few miles north in Kitty Hawk . The Black Pelican is set in a former US Post Office and was the location where the Wright Brothers wired a telegram of their first successful flight. The fried calamari was wonderful and the shrimp lunch basket was lightly coated with a delicious batter. The lunch was fantastic and reasonably priced. We headed back towards Atlantic Beach via the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The ride was a nice contrast to the beach views and several signs warning of bears and red coyotes over the next 17 miles made the ride that much more interesting. We didn’t see any alligators, bears or coyotes but enjoyed the ride in any case. About three and a half hours later we ended up back in Atlantic Beach and to our place at the Sportsman’s Pier. The next day we made a side trip to Fort Macon on Atlantic Beach as well as the town of Beaufort. Fort Macon is a Civil War fort that was used up until WWII to house German prisoners of war from ships sunk off the coast of NC. If you make it to Ft. Macon, walk across the street to the beach side and check for some interesting shells, you may be surprised. Any trip to OBX would be incomplete if you didn’t manage a trip into Beaufort, especially if you appreciate history. Front Street and the side streets are filled with homes from the 1700 and early 1800s. I highly recommend the crab cake Portobello mushroom salad at Spouter’s on Front Street right on the water . This is a great area to pick up a few souvenirs also including some local artisan crafts. Beaufort waterfront is a great stroll and there are a few places to hear live music on the dock or sit for a drink (Beaufort House or the Dockhouse are both excellent). For the history buffs there is a cemetery off Ann Street at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. There are a considerable number of historical markers each with an interesting story worth reading up on. Beautiful weather and good friends, laughs and maybe even an adult beverage or two made this a very memorable trip. Enjoy and ride safe !

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of North Carolina. This motorcycle route has 4 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by swhite393 in May. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by swhite393

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

OpenRoadRider says:

Many of the roads here are fantastic. Don't go looking for twisties though, it's all about long, georgeous roads going through sand dunes along the ocean. A blast to tour.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

troy30455 says:

Great info as I am wanting to plan a ride up the Outer Banks one day. Would love to have seen some of the pictures hince the 4 of 5 rate..
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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