The Outer Banks in the summer time is the best place to be! Everyone else thinks so too. If you’re an Outer Banks vacation veteran, you’ll know that traffic coming in and out of the beaches can be super congested and time consuming. Everyone is coming in on the same day and leaving on the same day. If you’re not trying to sit in traffic on your next OBX visit, read on to see how to beat the summer jam!
Most traffic jams on the Outer Banks happen roughly between 11 AM and 3 PM (give or take an hour). By leaving early in the morning and arriving on the Outer Banks by 9 or 10, you won’t have to deal with traffic. The kids can sleep in the car, you can get a little piece and quiet, and you can explore the OBX while you’re waiting for check-in! There are plenty of things to see and do before your vacation rental is ready for check-in. From going to the beach to exploring amazing Outer Banks landmarks, there’s so much to choose from. To get an idea on what to do while you’re waiting browse through the following blogs:
Find An Alternate Route
The most congestion on turn over days occurs on the route coming in to the Wright Memorial Bridge. While the GPS may say that taking an alternate route may take more time, it’ll save you from sitting in traffic; especially if you’re vacationing from Kitty Hawk south. Taking highway 64 instead of 158 may add miles to the journey but you’ll be moving at a steady pace and will be on the OBX in no time!
Keep Calm + Plan Ahead
If leaving early or an alternate route isn’t in the cards for you and your group, have a plan for possibly sitting in traffic. See which rest stops and restaurants are along your route, and pack enough snacks and entertainment for the kids. We’ve come up with a list of great apps for kids to help car rides to the Outer Banks pass faster! You can see them here.
Use Travel Apps
Travel apps like Waze and Gas Buddy can help you travel with ease. The Waze app can help you avoid accidents, road obstructions, and gives you real time traffic updates. Plus, it offers turn by turn voice navigation and ETA to share with people you may be meeting at your vacation home. Gas Buddy can help you find the best and closest gas prices along your route. You can also enter to win $100 in free gas everyday, too!
Book A Home With A Friday or Sunday Turn Day
Most people coming to the Outer Banks book a vacation rental home that has a check-in and check-out day that falls on Saturday; which is why traffic on Saturday is usually the worst. If you book a home with a turn over day that’s a Friday or Sunday, not only can you avoid traffic, you can also save money! Most homes with check-in and check-out that aren’t Saturday are typically cheaper! Resort Realty has homes with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday change over so you can customize your Outer Banks vacation however you see fit!
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