Outer Banks Collection

Original, hand-drawn story map and accompanying gifts of North Carolina's Outer Banks by renowned Illustrator and Xplorer Maps Co-Founder, Chris Robitaille.

The Outer Banks (often abbreviated as OBX) is a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina that is visited by  4 million visitors per year. The area was first inhabited by the Croatan, Roanoke, and Lumbee indigenous tribes. These tribes have been in the area for more than 1,000 years.

The first people to arrive from England to establish a colony in the “New World” landed in the Outer Banks, settling in Roanoke in 1587. Within three years, the colony had vanished without a trace. ‘The Lost Colony’ is one of the oldest mysteries in the country’s history. Watch a historical reenactment of the story of ‘The Lost Colony’ on Roanoke Island on your visit to OBX. 

The Outer Banks is known for its beautiful beaches, historic lighthouses, and endless fun. Learn about pirates and navigating the coastal waters by visiting the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, tour the lighthouses that lead ships through the islands, or see wild horses on Corolla Beach.