Outer Banks of North Carolina
6 Day Inn Tour
We will soak in early settlement history while cycling on the giant flat sand bar known as the Outer Banks.
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Flat. Beginner to moderate cycling ability.
5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 5 picnic/sack lunches, 4 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
Fly into and out of the Norfolk, VA airport. WomanTours will provide a shuttle from the airport at noon to the start of the tour for $40. Or drive to the tour start and leave your car there for the week. We will provide a complimentary shuttle back to the airport or your car at the end of the tour.
"In short, it was a SPECTACULAR tour! Sid and Kelly were OUTSTANDING guides -- so caring, proactive and friendly. The camaraderie amongst participants was instantaneous, weather gorgeous -- and tour VERY well planned. Kudos to your organization!"
DAY 1: Our tour begins in Corolla, a seaside village with old beach charm. We’ll meet at 3:00pm for a rental bike fitting, followed by an orientation and dinner. If you arrive early, take time to enjoy a stroll along the beach or visit the Currituck Lighthouse complex in the town center. 0 miles.
DAY 2: Our first day’s ride winds through the plains where we should see an abundance of birds in the creeks and grasses. Look for egrets and great blue herons. Then take time to stop in Kill Devil Hills to visit the Wright Brothers Museum and Memorial. It’s a fascinating way to learn about the beginning of human flight.
A few miles further, we stop for lunch at Jockey’s Ridge State Park — a sand dune oasis. Once at our inn in Manteo, you may want to continue on to visit the Elizabethan Gardens and the Fort Raleigh Historical Site. It was here that English settlers landed in 1587 and later disappeared without a trace. 34 or 40 miles.
DAY 3: We ride on the Outer Banks toward Hatteras surrounded by water today. The Atlantic Ocean will be on our left and the Pamlico Sound on our right. We’ll head south through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge with more than 5,000 acres of marsh — an excellent place to do more birding.
Then we’ll continue into the network of lighthouses and life saving stations that served these waters known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is famous for having survived a move away from the deteriorating shoreline. We’ll also visit the Bodie Lighthouse. Once at our beautiful inn, comb the beach for shells, kayak the calm waters with one of the inn’s boats, or relax on one of the inn’s three decks to watch the sunset. 36 — 57 miles.
DAY 4: After a wonderful breakfast, we take a short ferry ride and a quick bike ride toward Ocracoke. Spend the afternoon exploring the cute shops, viewing the local lighthouse and cycling the town's small side roads. Dinner is on your own tonight. 23 miles.
DAY 5: After a sunrise ferry off the Outer Banks to Swan Quarter, we’ll cycle beautiful quiet roads past cotton fields and wetlands to Bath, North Carolina’s oldest town. Then we’ll shuttle to Edenton, known as the “South’s prettiest small town”. We’ll spend the evening enjoying a private farewell dinner. 45 miles.
DAY 6: We’ll complete our tour with a flat ride through the rural countryside to Hertford. After a picnic lunch, we’ll say our good-byes and shuttle back to Corolla by 3:00pm and the Norfolk airport by 5:00pm. 31 miles.