Road trip! Outer Banks is Coastal Living’s No. 2

Outer Banks MapThe magazine names its choices for the Top 10 best road trips in North America. We’re number two!

Why we love it: Map aficionados can’t help but be drawn to this arch of islands curving out from North Carolina’s coast like a spinnaker taking wind. Small towns dot the islands’ landscapes of dunes and long, sweeping beaches. (Nights in Rodanthe was filmed here.) Create a circuit by taking U.S. highways 17, 158, and 64. Back on the mainland, weave through marshlands and historic towns like Edenton.

And what better time to take a nice drive than the fall?