Outer Banks Towns

Back before they were blended together into the Outer Banks we’re familiar with today, these barrier islands were composed of fishing villages dotting the coast. Currituck, Corolla, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village and Ocracoke (in the direction of North to South) are the Outer Banks towns that make up the coast, and their borders have seemingly gelled together over the past several years, so you can easily hop between them during the day. You can drive to any of these Outer Banks towns, except for Ocracoke, which requires that you take a ferry from Hatteras Island. Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are recognized for having the most shops, restaurants and attractions in close proximity on the beach. The other villages additionally have excellent shops and restaurants, and their more isolated atmosphere can help you achieve that getaway mentality. Check out the Outer Banks towns in the below listing to see where you’d like to stay or visit during your vacation.


Outer Banks Attractions by Area

Corolla | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Attractions by Category

Avon

Outer Banks Town Information

South of the Tri-Villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, past a sizable stretch of undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Avon is considered the largest and busiest of the Hatteras Island towns (but remember that’s relative to Hatteras Island, not where you come from). Avon has the only two stoplights on the island and the only chain grocery store. It also has a wealth of accommodations,... read more

South of the Tri-Villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, past a sizable stretch of undeveloped... read more

Buxton and Frisco

Outer Banks Town Information

Buxton and Frisco are two distinct villages but they border one another (without any parklands in between) so they kind of blend together. Both of these villages are set among the Buxton Woods Maritime Forest, lending a different feel from the villages to the north, and Buxton is situated at the island’s widest point.

Buxton is the home of the world-famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which... read more

Buxton and Frisco are two distinct villages but they border one another (without any parklands... read more

Hatteras Village

Outer Banks Town Information

On the southern end of Hatteras Island, Hatteras, or as the locals call it, Hatteras Village, is known for its ties to offshore fishing. The village borders Hatteras Inlet, giving recreational and commercial fishing boats an easy route to the Gulf Stream and the inshore fishing grounds. Hatteras has several marinas where commercial and recreational boats dock, making this a great place from which to... read more

On the southern end of Hatteras Island, Hatteras, or as the locals call it, Hatteras... read more

Kill Devil Hills

Outer Banks Town Information
Town Hall
(252) 449-5300

At the geographic center of the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills (KDH as it’s known) is perfectly situated for those who want to see both the northern and southern ends of the Banks in one vacation. Kill Devil Hills is the largest town on the Outer Banks in terms of year-round population, and it offers a wealth of services, fast-food restaurants and necessity businesses. But... read more

At the geographic center of the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills (KDH as it’s known)... read more

Kitty Hawk

Outer Banks Town Information
Town Hall
(252) 261-3552

Kitty Hawk is known the world over for its association with the Wright brothers and flight. The Wright brothers didn’t actually fly their airplane here, but they did arrive and depart the Outer Banks at Kitty Hawk, and they found accommodations in the rural soundside community for some of their visits in the early 1900s. More than a century later, Kitty Hawk has shifted its focus... read more

Kitty Hawk is known the world over for its association with the Wright brothers and... read more

Manteo

Outer Banks Town Information
(252) 473-2133

Manteo, the only incorporated town on Roanoke Island and the Dare County seat, is a small island town complete with a picturesque waterfront, a safe harbor, welcoming docks and a charming downtown historic area. 

Manteo’s waterfront downtown is an attraction in itself, with shops, art galleries, eateries, a lighthouse, a maritime museum, a waterfront boardwalk, a park and children's playground and boats sitting in the... read more

Manteo, the only incorporated town on Roanoke Island and the Dare County seat, is a... read more

Nags Head

Outer Banks Town Information
Town Hall
(252) 441-5508

The first resort area on the Outer Banks beaches, Nags Head is still drawing vacationers more than 150 years later. Nags Head is one of the largest towns on the Outer Banks, and it’s filled with everything anyone needs to enjoy a great vacation by the sea. Nags Head offers a mix of vacation accommodations, from small cottages to luxurious homes, from mom-and-pop cottage court efficiencies... read more

The first resort area on the Outer Banks beaches, Nags Head is still drawing vacationers... read more

Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo

Outer Banks Town Information

Known as the Tri-Villages, the communities of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo border one another on the north end of Hatteras Island (just south of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge). The locals know where the villages begin and end, and while the distinction may not really be important to the visitor, it is very important to someone who grew up here. All three villages are small... read more

Known as the Tri-Villages, the communities of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo border one another on... read more