10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beaufort
— 1 night
Drive
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Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Corolla sightseeing site.

New Orleans to Corolla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Corolla, with highs around 88°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, have some family-friendly fun at Life On A Sandbar, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and finally get your game on at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manteo online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Manteo are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, then examine the collection at Hatteras Island Ocean Center, and finally stop by Lee Robinson's General Store.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Beaufort

— 1 night
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 15th (Wed), stop by Island Express Ferry Service, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and finally stop by Wings Beachwear.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Beaufort trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Beaufort takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. July in Beaufort sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Surf City.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Outdoors · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 1 night
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island, then look for gifts at Topsail Island Trading Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and finally stroll around Soundside Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Surf City day trip planning tool.

Getting from Beaufort to Surf City by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bizarre, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and finally get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and then kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Surf City to Wilmington takes an hour. In July in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.