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What is the best way to travel from Cape Hatteras to Myrtle Beach.

We have never been in this area before and will be driving from the Mid West in October of 2012
  • Glenn
     asked this on August 15, 2011 at 04:18 PM
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One more thing, Glenn. Don't forget you will need to make ferry reservations if you plan on leaving Cape Hatteras by way of Ocracoke. More info at: http://www.ncdot.gov/ferry/
  • Alistair
     answered this on August 16, 2011 at 03:13 PM
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Glenn, depends largely on how far down Hatteras you're looking to go. Most folks arrive on the Outer Banks via US-64 (or, if you're coming from Virginia and points north, US-158), which routes through the Raleigh-Durham area and then via Rocky Mount. This'll take you east to Manteo and then down Hatteras' skinny sliver of sand through beach towns like Rodanthe and Avon. To get off Cape Hatteras, you'll want to double back and then find your way over to I-95 and south toward Myrtle. If you're feeling adventurous, however, you could also drive right to the tip of Cape Hatteras and catch the small, free ferry over to Ocracoke Island (the spot where Blackbeard met his watery end!). From Ocracoke, there are two ferries back to the mainland, either to Swan Quarter or Cedar Island. I'd say take the Cedar Island route. The crossing is about 2.5 hours, plus is followed by more coastal roads right on down to Myrtle Beach (through Wilmington), so definitely the scenic route! The National Park Service's Cape Hatteras National Seashore website has driving directions and more here: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/directions.htm. I'm planning a September trip to the OBX myself -- can't wait!
  • Alistair
     answered this on August 16, 2011 at 03:06 PM
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