10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast tour planner

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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive to Cedar Island, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kill Devil Hills
— 3 nights
Drive
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New Bern
— 1 night
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Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Head to Callahan's of Calabash and Artshak Studio and Galleryfor plenty of shopping. When in Wilmington, make a side trip to see Sacred Willow Spa in Calabash, approximately Calabash away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, admire the masterpieces at Expo 216, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, and take a stroll through Historic District.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip builder website.

Knoxville to Wilmington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 1 night
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at Stillwater Spa & Wellness, enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, then get a taste of the local shopping with Over the Moon, and finally stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ocracoke day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Wilmington in May, you will find days in Ocracoke are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then shop like a local with Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Make your Hatteras Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Kill Devil Hills

— 3 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wright Brothers National Memorial and Bodie Island Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Currituck Beach and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Kill Devil Hills side-trips: Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum & Off-Road Tours). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, view the masterpieces at Seaside Art Gallery, and stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Kill Devil Hills takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kill Devil Hills are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

New Bern

— 1 night
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, get a taste of the local shopping with Fine Art at Baxters, then view the masterpieces at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New Bern driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to New Bern takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Kill Devil Hills in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in New Bern: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Historic Sites · Lighthouses · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.