I have a lot of family across the US and it’s been increasingly difficult to get together and to see each other. Growing up, I have very vivid memories of big family gatherings usually during a weekend to celebrate an important birthday, a wedding, or a holiday. It was always so much fun because there are about twenty of us first and second cousins who are all around the same age, give or take 5 years. This was the first year that as adults, we decided to plan a trip together. We decided on the Outerbanks; more specifically Duck, NC because it is a central location to the North East and the South. Also because the West coast cousins couldn’t make it. This trip was 10 months in the making and we got 50% of the cousins, which we considered a success.
I had never been to the Outerbanks but I’ve seen photos from friends and family who had been and it just looked magical. My sister and I flew into the Norfolk, VA airport on a Thursday night. We rented a car there and drove 2 hours South to Duck. Duck is located on the Northern part of the Outerbanks which is closer to Virginia. There were ten of us who rented a house together via Airbnb which was conveniently located 2 blocks from the beach. The beach was serene and very much a family friendly one. Even though there were two shark attacks that weekend in the Outerbanks, we still went into the ocean. I didn’t say we weren’t a crazy family!
There was so much to do in Duck let alone the other towns in The Outberanks like Carolla where you can see wild horses to Rodanthe like in the Nicolas Sparks book. In Duck, we went stand up paddleboarding in a bird sanctuary, walked the boardwalk which has views of the bay side, ate amazing donuts (yes really!), and went to the beach everyday. A weekend in the Outerbanks is simply not enough so I would recommend at least a week so that you have time to explore. The Outerbanks was the perfect location for making new memories with the family.