NC Outer Banks, May 2021: beaches and lighthouses

by | Jun 14, 2021 | Travel, USA Travel

Bodie Island Lighthouse

We didn’t try to go up the lighthouse, but enjoyed the views from the ground. On the far side is a boardwalk through part of the marsh where we saw an Eastern King Snake and an egret.

Bodie Island Lighthouse  Bodie Island Lighthouse

egret in the distance  Eastern Kingsnake

Cape Hatteras

Fairly incredible that you can move a lighthouse! But they did just that to protect this landmark from erosion in 1999. This tower is currently closed for repairs but it’s free to park and walk around the base and the nearby history museum is worth a quick visit.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

(Near) Waves

On our way back from Cape Hatteras we had to pull over to check out the beach-growing Gaillardia flowers.

Gaillardia @ the beach

Nags Head

As our base for this trip, we had multiple opportunities to explore the beach and surroundings.

beach @ Nags Head



sunset on RT 158

Jockeys Ridge State Park

Featuring massive sand dunes, Jockey’s Ridge reminded us of our trip to Namibia. We are still finding sand in our shoes…

Jockey's Ridge State Park   me @ Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park


On our final day we drove north to the charming town of Duck, where we enjoyed walking along the bay boardwalk.

Duck boardwalk

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