One of the most beautiful, untouched parts of the Outer Banks are at the border of North Carolina and Virginia.
After the town of Duck, Highway 12 turns into a beach road, only passable by vehicles equipped with four wheel drive. If you travel on the beach in the fall or winter, you will have it largely to yourself and you will be able to appreciate the emptiness of it all. You can also turn inland to one of the dirt/sand roads just off the beach that lead to the homes of Corolla’s 500 permanent inhabitants. If you’re fortunate, you can spot one of the area’s estimated 120 wild horses.