DescriptionAn oceanfront hotel and cottage colony on the Outer Banks, Nags Head has long been a favorite place to fish, frolic in the Atlantic surf or just kick back at the beach. According to local legend, the village acquired its name from a nefarious early islander practice of tying lanterns to the necks of ponies and marching them along the dunes at night. The swinging lights simulated anchored boats, thus deceiving ship captains into running aground, where their cargo was seized. Wood from these shipwrecks was used to build homes, some of which are still standing.
Jennette's Pier , 7223 S. Virginia Dare Tr., extends 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, affording opportunities for fishing, strolling, shopping and sightseeing. The 16,000-square-foot pier house features a small aquarium with three tanks of fish on display; phone (252) 255-1501.
ShoppingTanger Outlets, at Milepost 16 on US 158, offers more than 20 stores and is open daily.
Things to SeeJockey's Ridge State Park