Bodie Island Lighthouse on the north end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in South Nags Head.

Bodie Island Lighthouse on the north end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in South Nags Head.

The Outer Banks is on a roll this summer. Cape Hatteras National Seashore just gave us our latest proof of that, reporting the highest July visitation in 18 years. That comes on the heels of June’s almost 400,000 visitors, which was the second highest June on record.

For July there were almost 452,000l visitors recorded—the fourth highest number since the park opened in 1953.

Stretching from South Nags Head to Ocracoke, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of our nation’s natural gems. With three lighthouses, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke, beautiful beaches and marsh and wetlands calling out to be explored, there is no other place quite like it.

For those of us who live here, the visitors the National Park Service recorded just confirmed what we already knew. There are a lot of visitors on the Outer Banks this summer.

There are probably a number of reasons for that.

Some of it is undoubtedly that there is no travel to foreign countries right now. The Outer Banks is just far enough away from everything to be a bit exotic, but it’s still convenient to most East Coast locations. Instead of going to Europe, it’s possible a number of families are vacationing with us this year.

What we are also seeing is families are looking for a great place to go that is not quite as far away as they may have traveled in the past. Again, the Outer Banks, within a days drive of almost the entire East Coast seems to fit the bill.

There are, no doubt, other reasons as well. But whatever the reasons may be, we’re very grateful so many people have decided spend some time on the Outer Banks.

Fall is coming quickly and it looks like we’re going to have a lot of visitors during our favorite season. Stay with us this autumn and discover a different side to life on a sandbar.