The Best Instagram Photo Spots Around The Outer Banks

Getting that perfect vacation pic can end up being such a hassle if you don’t know the right places to shoot. The Outer Banks has tons of great locations to get the perfect selfie or big group photo and we are here to help! We have found some of the most unique and beautiful locations to snap that perfect selfie, star in your own OBX photoshoot, or get that family pic that’ll go on the mantle. 

Nags Head Hammock

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This hammock store has everything you could need as far as instaworthy outdoor furniture. This includes a huge hammock seat right outside where you can get the perfect shot. If you love it, stop inside and take one home so you always have the perfect porch pics! 

Jennette’s Pier

Jennette’s Pier isn’t just an aquarium in Nags Head. This 1,000 foot long pier is any instagrammers dream. Possible shooting locations include outside of the huge, renovated building, on the pier, under the pier, at the aquarium, and more! Not to mention, the sunrises and sunsets here are some of the most breathtaking in all of the Outer Banks. Google for more amazing pics.

Ashley’s Espresso Parlour

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This hot spot is pretty new to the OBX, but you wouldn’t know it! Next time you’re in Kill Devil Hills, stop in for coffee, baked treats, and local beer. Two amazing murals take over the outside of the building. We won’t give any spoilers, but these are a summer dream and a can’t miss!

Triangle Shipwreck

If exploring an underwater shipwreck is something you’d love then this is for you! The two ships that lie beneath the water happened to come ashore in the same location, but sank years apart.It is best to go on days when the sea is calm and clear. The wrecks can be seen from kayak, SUP (stand up paddle board), or diving. This Kill Devil Hills location is perfect for a waterproof camera or GoPro. The wreckage is only about 100-200 yards off shore in about 15-20ft deep water, so if you’re looking for a little more high action selfie taking this is the place!

Corolla Wild Horses

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This one is a given. Seeing the Corolla Wild Horses is a must on any Outer Banks vacation, but getting an awesome pic with them is even better. Try taking a guided tour to find the horses and get that perfect shot. They even swim in the ocean!  Ps. Be ready to zoom in! People are only allowed within 50ft of the horses.

Wright Brothers Memorial 

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The Wright Brothers Memorial is definitely a hot spot in Kill Devil Hills. This huge landmark provides sky high views and gorgeous photos outside of its granite walls. This is an educational and beautiful stop along your OBX journey. Perfect for the selfie, family pics, or photographing the amazing views!

John Yancey Inn

We may be biased, but you can take some beautiful pictures at our favorite place, the John Yancey Inn! With brand new, renovated rooms, beaches and pool the perfect summertime selfie awaits. Check out the renovated bathrooms for the perfect mirror selfie or capture the kids on the swingset outside, either way you’ll be making memories you’ll never want to forget!

Sweet Treats Along The Outer Banks

This post is by Erica Wade.

Everyone loves a good sweet treat once in a while and The Outer Banks has a solution for just about anyone’s sweet tooth. It is almost summer and that means hot days out on our beautiful beaches and pool decks. So when it’s 95 degrees outside what is the best treat? ICE CREAM. 

The Outer Banks is home to some of the best hand scooped, frozen, and flavored milky treats we’ve ever had. We SCREAM for ICE CREAM, so we are here to let you in on our must visit ice cream destinations! 

You Want Flavor Options 

Scammell’s Corner Surf Shop & Ice Cream Parlor

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Scammell’s has a huge variety of hand scooped Hershey’s ice cream flavors. The staff is known for being quick and genuinely kind. You will also be greeted by the family dog Zeus! The shop is quirky and will fill any surfers dreams. This is the place you will never want to leave! 

You’re into Frozen Yogurt

The Surfin’ Spoon

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Surfin’ Spoon is our top choice for a little bit healthier frozen treat. They feature 10 yummy flavors that you can mix and match as you please, as well as all the toppings. This fun and fresh little place is also right on the beach! It is certainly Instagram worthy and merch is sold, so you can take a piece of the OBX sweetness with you!  

You Know What Goes With Ice Cream? PIZZA.

American Pie 

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American Pie is your one stop Americana dream food destination. They feature homemade pizza and homemade, hand dipped ice cream. The ice cream is made in house daily, so every day there are new flavors! Get it in a handmade waffle cone or ask for a hand packed pint to go. Either way you’ll be living the American dream! 

LOTS of Variety 

Booty Treats Ice Cream & Shave Ice 

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Booty Treats has a sweet treat for the whole family. Their menu is extensive featuring old fashioned sundaes, Hawaiian hand shaved ice, old fashioned malts & milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and of course hand dipped ice cream AND frozen yogurt. They have two locations currently in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, so you’ll never be too far away from their delicious treats! 

Custard Lovers 

The Kill Devil Grill 

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The Kill Devil Grill’s classic treat is their frozen custard and beach fries! Customers rave that the custard is creamy and never too sweet. You can even grab a pint for the road. Pair that sweet custard with a bucket of fresh, hot fries and you’ve got yourself the ultimate beach treat duo! Tip: Ask for a pup cup of custard for your furry friend!