10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Carova
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ocracoke
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kill Devil Hills
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Carova

Carova ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at What the Shell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then stroll through Carova Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carova attractions planner.

Chicago to Carova is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Chicago to Carova, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Carova

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Corolla
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

4
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
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. We've included these beaches for you: Frisco Beach and Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ocracoke Preservation Museum and British Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Ocracoke: Buxton (Cape Hatteras Lighthouse & Haulover) and Hatteras (Lee Robinson's General Store & Hatteras Island Ocean Center). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point and contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ocracoke trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Carova to Ocracoke in 4 hours. In August in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras, Buxton, Frisco Beach
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British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach

3
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Get a sense of the local culture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Step off the beaten path and head to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, stop by Salty Paws Biscuits, and wander the streets of Scarborough Lane Shoppes.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills route maker site .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Kill Devil Hills in 3 hours. In August in Kill Devil Hills, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manteo, Duck, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Bodie Island Lighthouse, The Monument to a Century of Flight
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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