10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Avon, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carova
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with a short trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum in Rodanthe (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at Salty Paws Biscuits, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head day trip site .

Norfolk to Nags Head is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car. In June in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Duck, Rodanthe, The Monument to a Century of Flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. You've now added OBX Pontoonman to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), cast your line with OBX Pontoonman, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens, then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coquina Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manteo trip maker tool .

Manteo is just a short distance from Nags Head. In July, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Avon.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Coquina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
OBX Pontoonman ©
OBX Pontoonman
Coquina Beach ©
Coquina Beach

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 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach, then see the interesting displays at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and finally look for gifts at Scotch Bonnet.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Avon visit planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Avon in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Avon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Avon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Frisco Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©

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. On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Ocracoke Beach Fires, enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Books to Be Red, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ocracoke online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Avon to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Carova.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Beach Fires ©
Ocracoke Beach Fires
Ocracoke Beach ©
Ocracoke Beach

1
night
Carova

Carova ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stop by The Island Bookstore, then stroll through Currituck Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Carova Beach.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Carova trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Carova in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Carova can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Carova

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corolla
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
The Island Bookstore ©
The Island Bookstore

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