Travel & Accommodations



Arriving and Departing

The Outer Banks are within easy driving distance of Washington DC (4.5 hours) and Norfolk International Airport (1.5 hours). 

Most visitors drive or rent a car from the Norfolk airport, although shuttles are also available from the airport to your destination on the Outer Banks on a limited basis depending on the season.  If you need to rent a car after you arrive, Enterprise in Kill Devil Hills is the best option. 

For guests with private planes flying directly to the Outer Banks, The Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) (252-475-5570) in Manteo offers fuel, car rentals and a 4300 foot runway.  There is also a private airport in Pine Island (3450 feet runway) and a public Currituck County Regional Airport (5500 feet) on the mainland.

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Most visitors rent private homes for a week for vacation.  For shorter stays, a partial rental (at least 3 nights) may be a good option in the off season. 

For nightly stays, The Sanderling in Duck and The Hampton Inn in Corolla are both highly recommended and offer the best bet for a weekend visit. 

The Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk and the First Colony Inn in Nags Head are also available. A variety of other hotels and motel choices are available in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. 

Directions to Gray's Office in Duck

After entering North Carolina from Virginia on Route 168, continue heading south.  168 will become 158 as you drive south toward the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge that connects the Outer Banks to the mainland. 

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After crossing the bridge, turn left (North) at the 5th traffic light onto Route 12.  Go straight through the next lights and follow the signs 5.5 miles to Duck. 

Carolina Designs Realty is located at 1197 Duck Road in the center of Duck (27949).  Our office is on the right hand (East) side of Duck Road (Route 12, Ocean Blvd) across from the park in Duck.  We are right beside Redsky Cafe and Kellogs Hardware Store. 

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