- 111 miles (178 km)
- 5.5 hours, including 3.5 hours on the two ferries.
- Both ferries have tolls and recommend reservations due to tight time schedules. Call 1-800-BY-FERRY to confirm schedules and fees.
Perhaps the most romantic byway in North Carolina, the Outer Banks Scenic Byway will take travelers on a tour of the barrier islands. Historic towns, scenic ferries, and well-known lighthouses make this drive memorable. Travelers make plans to come back even as they leave.
Seafood cuisine, oceanside hotels, and dozens of attractions leave visitors content with the Outer Banks that are accessible only by ferry or a few bridges. Once you reach the Outer Banks, the mainland is left behind and there are beaches, wildlife preserves,and lighthouses within your grasp.
Points of Interest Along The Way
Beaufort Historic District (NC)
The historic town of Beaufort holds many enchantments for the byway traveler. Once an important eastern seaport, the town dates from 1719.
The cemetery is evidence of the town's age. There are over 200gravesites that date to pre-Civil War times. The oldest stone that is still legible is from 1765.
Off of US Highway 70.
This lighthouse was built in 1872 to replace the one that was destroyed in the Civil War.
Along the byway on Bodie Island.
This famous lighthouse is the tallest in the United States.
Off of NC 12 on the Outer Banks
Cape Lookout Lighthouse (NC)
Destroyed during the Civil War, Cape Lookout Lighthouse was rebuilt in 1859.
The south end of the Outer Banks
Cedar Island (NC)
Located on a wildlife preserve, Cedar Island presents a flip-side to the typical Outer Banks resort areas.
On mainland NC 12.
Chicomacomico Lifesaving Station (NC)
This lifesaving station is famous for a rescue that occurred in World War I.
Rodanthe, North Carolina
Fort Macon State Park (NC)
This coastal state park is home to a Civil War fort.
Bogue Banks on the Outer Banks
The disappearance and fate of all settlers of Roanoke Colony remains a mystery to this day.
Get a taste of archeology and nature on the Outer Banks. The museum contains exhibits of ancient artifacts. Although many of the artifacts were found on the Outer Banks, exhibits from other parts of the state are also included. Take a walk on the nature trail to explore a little more of the Outer Banks.
Frisco, Hatteras Island
Although Manteo was founded at the turn of the century, it has roots in one of the most historic places in the country.