Exploring the Outer Banks

September 3 – 11, 2017


Special Features

  • Raleigh NC Historic Capitol
  • Wright Brothers National Park and Monument
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park
  • Free time in Manteo to explore
  • Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Wildlife Center
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Lighthouse
  • Ocracoke Island (Pearl of Outer Banks)
  • The Hermitage (estate of President Andrew Jackson)
  • Farewell lunch Pattie’s Settlement

Magical windswept beaches, striking striped lighthouses, and mysteries of land and sea all await you in the beautiful outer banks of North Carolina.  These remote islands are home to many of our countries “firsts” – The first English settlement, the first mechanized flight, the first national seashore and the first home of the US Coast Guard.  Once you visit the Outer Banks, it is destined to become first in your heart!



Double: $1,895/pp
Single: $2,465
Triple: $1,795/pp
Trip Protection:   $/pp – Double & Triple, $/pp – Single
Early Booking

$100/pp if booked by April 28, 2017



Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 1, Sunday, September 3

We start this awesome adventure with a scenic drive to Nashville, Tennessee. We will have an informal get acquainted dinner in the hotel lobby!  (D)

Day 2, Mondayy, September 4

Our drive continues through the colorful Blue Ridge Mountains into North Carolina and its beautiful capital city, Raleigh. (B)

Day 3, Tuesday, September 5

What better way to start a tour of North Carolina than with the State Capitol building?  Completed in 1840, the capitol is one of the finest and best preserved examples of a major civic buildings in the Greek Revival architecture style and is a National Historic landmark. After our capitol tour we journey to the legendary Outer Banks for our four night stay.   Our hotel is on the ocean so that we may soak in as much of the beauty that these islands have to offer.  Dinner tonight will be included at the Sugarcreek Restaurant in Nags Head located on the Roanoke Sound.  (B,D)

Day 4, Wednesday, September 6

Today we meet up with our step on guide who will be with through all of our explorations of the Outer Banks.   Our first stop is to the Wright Brothers National Park and Monument to see where the famous first flight occurred along along with a perfect picture moment at the bronze replica statue of the event.  Our day continues with a visit to Roanoke Island Festival Park to visit the quaint waterfront shops in the village on Manteo with lunch on your own.  We’ll see the film “The Legend of Two Paths” which portrays the arrival of the first English colonists from the perspective of the Native Americans, stop by the settlement, tour the replica sailing ship the Elizabeth II, and visit the Discovery Museum featuring displays on the history of the first English settlement in the New World!  Later we will enjoy a fabulous feast at Captain George’s Seafood Buffet.  (B,D)

Day 5, Thursday, September 7

Our morning is free to take in the sounds and sights of our ocean front hotel.  Later we will head to the northern tier of the outer banks and visit the towns of Duck and Corolla.  Lunch will be on your own at the Sunset Grill overlooking the Currituck Sound featuring a large menu with fresh local seafood, sandwiches, fun beverages, and more!  Following lunch we will continue north to visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.  We will visit the Wild Life Center for a wonderful short film about life on the sound and the bird hunting industry which made the area famous.  We will be able to stroll the beautiful grounds and enjoy the quaint gift shop located in the former Light Keepers Cottage!  Tonight’s included dinner is at the Lone Cedar Café where we will enjoy amazing water front dining at one of the finest restaurants on the outer banks!  (B,D)

Day 6, Friday, September 8

Today we make our way to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  We will stop by the Bodie Island Lighthouse for photos before continuing south for more fabulous scenery as we travel though the Pea Island Wildlife Preserve, Rodanthe, and Avon.  We will visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, tallest in the world.  You can climb the lighthouse if you like, weather permitting.   Our cape adventure continues with a ferry ride to Ocracoke Island, known as the Pearl of the Outer Banks and Blackbeard’s hide-a-way!  Explore the island shops and boutiques along with shuttle rides to see the Ocracoke lighthouse, oldest on the outer banks.  We will stop by the pony pasture to see the remaining herd of banker ponies and take a walk on the famous beach to search for shells.  Enjoy a free evening back at our hotel with dinner on your own at one of the nearby restaurants. (B,L)

Day 7, Saturday, September 9

After breakfast we say good-bye to the storied coast of North Carolina as we begin our journey home. We will stop for an overnight in Newport, TN. (B)

Day 8, Sunday, September 10

Today we will visit The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of our nation. Learn of his success and how he went from orphan to President and his inspirational tale of love, determination and aggression. Then it is off to Great Rivers, KY to check in to our hotel and have a fantastic farewell meal at Pattie’s 1880’s Settlement, as our way of saying Thank You for traveling with Sunnyland. (B,D)

Day 9, Monday, September 11

On this last day you will have time to reflect on all you have seen and learned during this amazing adventure.  The memories you have and the new friends you have made that will last a lifetime.

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