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Nags Head, North Carolina, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Nags Head?

You should plan to spend around $149 per day on your vacation in Nags Head. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $41 on meals
  • $40 on local transportation
  • $160 on hotels

A one week trip to Nags Head for two people costs, on average, $2,084. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Nags Head cost?

A one week trip to Nags Head usually costs around $1,042 for one person and $2,084 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Nags Head on average costs around $2,084 for one person and $4,168 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Nags Head will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Nags Head on average costs around $4,466 for one person and $8,932 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Nags Head has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Nags Head expensive to visit?

Prices in Nags Head are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Nags Head is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cumberland Island National Seashore or Winston-Salem.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Nags Head Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Nags Head?

The average Nags Head trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Nags Head travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $160
Local Transportation 1 $40
Food 2 $41
Entertainment 1 $14
Alcohol 2 $6 - 18
Accommodation Budget in Nags Head
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Nags Head is $80. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Nags Head is $160. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Nags Head

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Nags Head based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $175. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Nags Head
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nags Head is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $40 per person, per day, on local transportation in Nags Head.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Nags Head
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Rental Cars in Nags Head
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Food Budget in Nags Head
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Nags Head can vary, the average cost of food in Nags Head is $41 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nags Head should cost around $16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nags Head is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Nags Head
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  • Entertainment and activities in Nags Head typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Nags Head
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  • The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Nags Head per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Nags Head On a Budget
Nags Head Nags Head, NC
Nags Head is a popular tourist destination in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The town, with a population of almost 3,000, has many nice beaches and is also where you'll find Jockey's Ridge, which has the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. It's also the most visited park within the North Carolina park system.

Nags Head dates back as a resort area to around 1830. The town was incorporated in 1961 and today it attracts visitors from up and down the eastern United States and throughout the country. The Gulf Stream keeps the water warm well into October so swimming may be possible even late in the season. The waves can be rough and some people even enjoy surfing along the coast. Do watch out for rip tides which are common in the area.
Most people come to Nags Head for the beaches and Jockey's Ridge. The area has wide sand beaches that are great for swimming. The waves can be significant, particularly if there's a storm in the area. Make sure you're comfortable in the water as rip tides are common. A flag system will tell you how rough the water is on any given day. There are three piers in the area that are popular for fishing: Nags Head Peir, Jennette's Pier, and Outer Banks Pier.

Jockey's Ridge State Park is the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern US. It covers 426 acres and has three unique ecosystems: The Roanoke Sound, the sand dune system, and the maritime forest. You can visit the park during the day but there are no campgrounds.

Just to the north, in Kill Devil Hills, is the Wright Brothers Memorial. Here you can explore the area where the famous brothers made the first ever powered flight in their airplane, as well as tour the museum.

It's also possible to visit Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. This area covers 1,092 acres and is to the north of Jockey's Ridge and east of Roanoke Sound.
Nags Head covers a total area of about 606 square miles. There is a road and multi use path that runs along the length of town by the beach. The road is referred to as "the beach road" and the parallel path is a good place to walk or ride a bike. You can walk south from Jockey's Ridge for about a mile and a half and you'll reach the Nags Head Cottage Row District. This area has about 60 homes that were built between 1890 and 1930 as summer homes. Most remain unchanged today.

Most people spend the majority of their time at the beach, swimming, soaking up the sun, or taking walks. There are several public access points to the beach and there is free parking throughout town.

It's also possible to take hang gliding lessons at Jockey's Ridge State Park. The area is also popular for kite flying.

As with most beach towns, miniature golf is popular in the area. There are also several walking paths that you can enjoy if you want to stretch your legs. The path that runs parallel to "the beach road" goes for about twelve miles.
Food and Dining
Nags Head has a decent number of local eateries and restaurants. Predictably, seafood is common, and usually fresh and delicious. Several restaurants have early bird specials if you arrive early (often before 5 pm). Clam chowder and oysters are local favorites. Also make sure you try the homemade ice cream at How Sweet It Is. It's located next to Kitty Hawk Kites in the Jockey's Ridge Crossing Complex. If you want to eat some fantastic food and help the local economy at the same time, check out this list of the best local Outer Banks restaurants. You won't be disappointed.

Many restaurants do close down during the low season, so if you're in town during the winter months you may not have all of the choices as in the warmer months to find a place to eat.

Nags Head is located between Kill Devil Hills and Route 64. The closest airport to Nags Head is in Norfolk, Virginia. Nags Head is also accessible from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and there is a small airport in Manteo, North Carolina, but no scheduled service.

It is essential that you have a car while you're in Nags Head. There are two roads that run north and south through the town: Virginia Dare Trail (also called "Beach Road") and S. Croatan Highway (or Route 158). The Outer Banks also have several ferries that travel between islands. Most ferries require reservations in advance as they do fill up.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.