As Spring arrives with warm weather and cloudless skies, thoughts may turn to planning a weekend getaway. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, the idea of riding down smooth coastal highway alongside a panoramic view of the ocean may appeal the most. For bikers in the Mid-Atlantic, the Outer Banks provides many options for an affordable biker-friendly vacation. With over a hundred miles of road through the barrier islands of the region, the northern North Carolina coast offer an unspoiled ride, and the many little towns connected are ready to assist with service if needed.

Plan your trip accordingly, and coincide your trip with the various biker-related events happening up and down the coast, including these popular fests:

Biker Events in the Outer Banks

Rain or shine, the Outer Banks hosts a number of events geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts. Because of their popularity, it’s strongly advised to book rooms well in advance. In the Currituck area especially, there are a number of inexpensive hotels ready to cater to bikers. If you wish to arrange an extended stay at the beach with a number of friends or relatives, there is the option of renting a beach home. Many of the larger houses on the shore can accommodate twelve or more people.

The Outer Banks Bike Show, held annually around Labor Day weekend in Grandy, NC, gives motorcycle lovers the chance to mingle, check out the latest trends and styles, and enjoy live music and great food. Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant is the main gathering place for the festivities, though bikers have the option of visiting other friendly spots along Currituck and Dare Counties.

The Outer Banks Bike Show is not to be confused with two other major events happening throughout the year. Outer Banks Bike Week – usually scheduled in late April connects the four major Harley-Davidson dealers in the area. Bikers may ride from place to place, browsing over a hundred vendors and sampling authentic Carolina barbecue from their annual cook-off.

A companion event, Outer Banks BikeFest is usually held over a weekend in October. Though put on for a shorter amount time, BikeFest is by no means lower key. Guests may enjoy guided bike tours of the area and indulge in the annual crab cake cook-off, all the while admiring a multitude of Harleys and other motorcycles revved up for the event.

For an affordable vacation able to accommodate bikers, the Outer Banks provides many options for dining, lodging, and service. Take a look at what’s available for you and don’t forget to book early so you can enjoy your trip.

Kathryn Lively

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