10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Avon, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carova
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Wright Brothers National Memorial and Roanoke Island Festival Park will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Jockey's Ridge State Park and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head trip planner.

Charlotte to Nags Head is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Charlotte in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avon.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Parasailing & Paragliding, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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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

2
nights
Avon, Hatteras Island

Avon ©
Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and then stroll through Haulover. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avon trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Avon takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Avon can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Avon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Buxton, Frisco Beach, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Haulover ©
Haulover

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ocracoke Beach Fires, get a taste of the local shopping with Over the Moon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Avon to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carova.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Springers Point ©
Springers Point

2
nights
Carova

On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Currituck Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Banks Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then kick back and relax at Carova Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carova vacation planner.

You can drive from Ocracoke to Carova in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Carova are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carova

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Corolla
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

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