I'm choosing to share my recent Mother/Daughter trip to the Outer Banks, in the event that my experiences and recommendations may be able to help someone who may be considering this for a vacation.
First, as with most of us who had to re-schedule our 2020 vacation plans, this was not the first, and actually not the second choice.....but given the ongoing issues due to the pandemic, the original Europe trip just didn't seem very feasible.
When I looked at destinations in the U.S., North Carolina was on my list, actually both Carolinas were. But, once I started to put together an 8 day trip, it was just too much to try to take them both in. Then, as I continued to do further research on North Carolina, I realized it's huge and has lots to offer all across the state.....so, I decided to focus on just one area. The OBX weather in October would still be in the 60's/70's and there was history, plenty to see and some outdoor activities too.
Some "must do's" in my opinion is a four wheel drive tour in Corolla to see the wild horses. It was so much fun driving on the beach and we were able to see about 20 of the horses. Another one, is a kayak trip.....there are lots, so just pick one that sounds interesting. You've got to take in a sunset or two....they're absolutely free and spectactular. One of our favorite spots for viewing was Jockey's Ridge. Manteo has a ton of history. The lost colony, among other things, so check it out! The Wright Brothers Museum in Kitty Hawk has to be a stop. It's very well done and loaded with a great series of displays both inside and outside.