Summer is the most popular time to visit the Outer Banks and can be quite busy; plan for the heaviest traffic on Saturdays. The crowds thin out for the spring and fall, though the temperatures remain pleasant. Winter is quiet, with some shops and activities closed, but is a great time to visit if you're looking for peace and solitude. Hurricane season runs from June to November and can bring severe weather to the area; visitors should be aware of and follow all public safety warnings. The Outer Banks is easily accessible from Norfolk International Airport (around 80 miles to the north) or Raleigh-Durham International Airport (around 200 miles west); a car is essential for exploring all the area has to offer.