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Nags-Head is the largest resort in the Outer Banks region, and has been one of North Carolina's most popular beach resorts for more than a century. Some say it got its odd name from land pirates who used to hang lanterns from the necks of ponies to lure unsuspecting ships onto shoals. However it got its name, Nags Head has tons of seaside charm, with many handsome, old wooden homes from the late 19th century - known as the "Unpainted Aristocracy" still cling to the shore. The East Coast's tallest sand dune, and one of the Outer Bank's most phenomenal natural attractions, is the focal point in Jockey's Ridge State Park. With its smooth, sandy, 138-foot high slopes and reliable winds, Jockey's Ridge is one of the best hand-gliding destinations in the United States. This 1.5-mile-long, 420-acre dune is open to the public year round until sunset. Besides hang gliding, it's a popular spot for picnicking, playing in the sand, summer hikes, and children love flinging themselves down the steep, sandy slopes. A new visitor center, museum and gift shop is near the park headquarters. Other activities available in Nags Head include biking, skating, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, miniature golf, fishing and boating. For shopping, don't miss the artisans' alley known as Gallery Row in northern Nags Head. Here you'll find an eclectic collection of galleries, jewelry and arts and crafts shops. Just north of Nags Head is Kill Devil Hills, where the Wright brothers made their historic first air flight in 1903.

Surrounding areas: Manteo, North Carolina (4.5 mi), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (4.7 mi), Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (8.7 mi), Point Harbor, North Carolina (12.7 mi), Duck, North Carolina (16.4 mi), Sanderling, North Carolina (19.6 mi), Rodanthe, North Carolina (26.6 mi)

Nags Head Vacation Rentals

Nags Head Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
First Colony Inn6720 S Va Dare TRLNags Head, NC (919) 441-5340
Nags Head Inn4701 S Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC (919) 441-0454
Quality Inn Sea Oatel7123 South Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC (919) 441-7191
Days Inn Mariner180 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC4.4 mi.(252) 441-2021
Days Inn-oceanfront101 N Virginia Dare TRLKill Devil Hills, NC4.4 mi.(252) 441-7211
Comfort Inn North401 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC4.5 mi.(252) 480-2600
Elizabethan Inn814 Hwy 64Manteo, NC4.5 mi.(252) 473-2101
Scarborough Inn524 Hwy 64/264Manteo, NC4.5 mi.(252) 473-3979
Budget Host InnKill Devil Hills, NC5.8 mi.(252) 441-2503
Holiday Inn Express3919 Croatan HwyKitty Hawk, NC8.5 mi.(252) 261-4888
Beach Haven Motel4104 Va Dare TRLKitty Hawk, NC8.7 mi.(919) 261-4785
Hilton Garden Inn5353 N Virginia Dare TrlKitty Hawk, NC10.9 mi.(252) 261-1290
Sanderling Inn & Resort1461 Duck RdKitty Hawk, NC18.9 mi.(919) 261-4111
Hatteras Island ResortRodanthe, NC26.6 mi.(252) 987-2345

Nags Head Weather & Climate

The Outer Banks weather is generally mild year round with abundant sunshine. Summer precipitation is the greatest and also the most variable, occurring mostly with thunderstorms. Daily showers are not uncommon, but neither are periods of one to two weeks without rain. Autumn is the driest season. Summer air temperatures are generally cooler along the immediate coastline than even just a few miles inland. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on winter weather, especially on the immediate coast. Though it lies some 50 miles offshore, warm water eddies spin off from the Gulf Stream and helps moderate the winter air temperatures along the Outer Banks. Occasionally the Gulf Stream clashes with the cold Labrador Current, causing unstable conditions. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence North Carolina weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 35°F 4.67 in. 49°F
February 53°F 37°F 3.22 in. 46°F
March 60°F 43°F 4.62 in. 52°F
April 68°F 51°F 3.13 in. 59°F
May 75°F 59°F 4.21 in. 68°F
June 82°F 68°F 4.77 in. 73°F
July 86°F 72°F 5.25 in. 77°F
August 85°F 71°F 5.64 in. 80°F
September 80°F 67°F 4.93 in. 76°F
October 71°F 56°F 4.10 in. 70°F
November 63°F 48°F 3.40 in. 58°F
December 55°F 40°F 3.67 in. 55°F

Nags Head Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located about 53 miles west of Nags Head in Edenton, North Carolina, the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located approximately 62 miles northwest of Nags Head in Norfolk, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located roughly 72 miles northwest of Nags Head in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, and finally the Suffolk Municipal airport (SFQ) located around 73 miles northwest of Nags Head in Suffolk, Virginia.

Nags Head Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC 
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA64.9 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA64.9 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA108.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Nags Head Golf LinksNags HeadNC 
Duck Woods Country ClubKitty HawkNC8.3 mi.
Sea Scape Golf LinksKitty HawkNC8.3 mi.
Pointe Golf ClubPowells PointNC18.3 mi.
Carolina ClubGrandyNC23.9 mi.
Goose Creek Golf & Country ClubGrandyNC23.9 mi.
State Parks
Jockeys Ridge State ParkNC0.4 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC4.5 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA71.6 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC107.3 mi.

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