10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Frisco, Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Chicago

2
days
Frisco, Hatteras Island

Frisco ©
Frisco is a small unincorporated community on the barrier island of Hatteras Island, between the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then have some family-friendly fun at Frisco Mini Golf & Go Karts, and then stroll through Frisco Beach. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Frisco trip builder tool .

Chicago to Frisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Frisco is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Frisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Frisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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Frisco Mini Golf & Go Karts ©
Frisco Mini Golf & Go Karts
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

2
days
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. On the 9th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Life On A Sandbar, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Frisco to Nags Head by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Coquina Beach, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
day
New Bern

New Bern
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, then look for gifts at Mitchell Hardware, then take in the exciting artwork at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New Bern trip planner .

Getting from Nags Head to New Bern by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nags Head in April: highs in New Bern hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Surf City.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Birthplace of Pepsi Cola
Birthplace of Pepsi Cola
Mitchell Hardware
Mitchell Hardware

1
day
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. On the 13th (Fri), look for gifts at Mia's Marketplace, then browse for treasures at Carolina Decor & More, and then head off the coast to Topsail Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Surf City online day trip planner .

Getting from New Bern to Surf City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks Nature Shopping
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Carolina Decor & More ©
Carolina Decor & More
Mia's Marketplace ©
Mia's Marketplace

2
days
Wilmington

Wilmington
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): wander the streets of Historic District, then examine the collection at Old Brunswick County Jail Museum, and then kick back and relax at Oak Island Beaches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, and finally make a trip to Riverwalk.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Surf City to Wilmington takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Island Beaches, Old Brunswick County Jail Museum
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Oak Island Beaches
Oak Island Beaches
Airlie Gardens
Airlie Gardens
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery