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Here's some travel info from various cities to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Click on the city below to get general directions. But remember, signs, route numbers, and road names do change. We will try to keep them as up to date as possible, but please take a detailed map with you before you leave. If you find a discrepency with any of these directions upon your travels please e-mail us so we can update them for future travelers. Thanks!

Distances From Major Cities
to Kitty Hawk (miles)

Atlanta 609 Cincinnati 669
Baltimore 322 Montreal 776
Buffalo 714 New York 433
Charleston 430 Philadelphia 366
Chicago 992 Pittsburgh 525
Cleveland 627 Richmond 160
Toronto 776 Washington D.C. 278

Norfolk International Airport is the closest major airport to the Outer Banks. You'll be glad to know the sun and fun of the Outer Banks beaches is approximately 90 miles down the road - a short 1 1/2 hour drive.

The Chesapeake Expressway is the new Route 168, a four-lane divided highway linking Interstate 64 in Chesapeake to North Carolina and the Outer Banks.

Alternate Routes To The Outer Banks

Alternate 1
From Chesapeake, VA to Whalebone, NC (By way of VA/NC 168, US 158)

1 - From I-64 in Chesapeake, take Exit 291 for US 17 South, VA 168 South
2 - Merge left on VA 168 South
3 - Follow VA 168 South into North Carolina - VA 168 South becomes NC 168 South
4 - NC 168 South becomes 158 East at Barco
5 - Follow US 158 East to Whalebone

Alternate 2*
From Chesapeake, VA to Whalebone, NC (By way of US 17/158, NC 37/32, US 64)

1 - From I-64 in Chesapeake, take Exit 291 for US 17 South, VA 168 South
2 - Merge right on US 17 South
3 - Follow US 17 South into North Carolina
4 - Take US 17 South by-pass around Elizabeth City
5 - Continue on US-17 South to NC 37 South
6 - Turn left on NC 37 South
7 - NC 37 South becomes NC 32 South
8 - Follow NC 32 South to US 64 East
9 - Turn left on US 64 East
10 - Follow US 64 East to Whalebone

*Recommended when heavy traffic congestion during peak Summer months causes back-ups on Alternate 1

(Information provided in cooperation with the Dare County Tourist Bureau)
If you don't see your city listed above, we strongly recommend using Mapquest, an online service which does a great job of providing maps with driving directions from anywhere in the country. Just click the logo to the right. [mapquest]

To help you better plan your trip to the Outer Banks, we have included several helpful links that provide information on road construction, bad weather and other traffic conditions that you may want to avoid. All links open in a new window.
General Traffic Conditions Weather Related Construction Related
National Traffic and Road Closure Information
Weather.com - Driving Weather
Intellicast Travel Weather

AccuWeather Travel Forecast
Yahoo Traffic
Rand McNally Construction Info
NC Division of Highways
Chesapeake Expressway

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