8 Scenic Drives in North Carolina for Families

North Carolina is home to many scenic routes for families who enjoy road-tripping


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Bodie Island Lighthouse

Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com/Bill Russ

Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

Length: 142.5 miles in North Carolina
Region: Coastal

Spanning more than 140 miles, the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway runs from N.C. 12 in Dare County to U.S. 70 in Carteret County. Island hop through North Carolina’s barrier islands and explore coastal villages and towns along the way. Some of the most scenic views lie along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore with both the ocean and sound visible from your car. Explore lighthouses, ferry rides and pristine beaches. In Frisco, located between Buxton and Hatteras, look for a UFO-style house. The kids will love seeing this silver spaceship, a popular roadside attraction and great spot for unique photos.

Myra Wright is the digital editor of Carolina Parent and Charlotte Parent. She loves taking North Carolina road trips with her husband and three kids.

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