The outer banks have a long and storied history. These Barrier Islands off the coast of North Carolina have been home to Native Americans, pirates, shipwreck survivors, and more.
The first recorded European expedition to the outer banks was led by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524. However, it wasn't until the early 1600s that English settlers began to establish permanent settlements. In 1659, the first official town, Bath, was founded. Since then, the Outer Banks have become a popular vacation destination for both US citizens and international visitors. From world-class surfing and fishing to nature trails and lighthouses, there is something for everyone on these beautiful islands.
Once you're done exploring below, you may even want to test your knowledge with our Outer Banks history quiz.