11 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip planner
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Beaufort
— 1 night
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
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Kill Devil Hills
— 4 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Wilmington to Kure Beach to see North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stop by The Veggie Wagon, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Start your trip to Wilmington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Wilmington is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Wilmington. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Wilmington at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Beaufort.
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Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Fun & Games
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Beaufort — 1 night

Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Beaufort online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. July in Beaufort sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.
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Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Hatteras Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, take in the waterfront at Avon Fishing Pier, then kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hatteras Island trip app.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Hatteras Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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 19th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and then don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and then see majestic marine mammals with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manteo online day trip planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Manteo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Kill Devil Hills.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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Kill Devil Hills — 4 nights

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Kill Devil Hills: Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Duck). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, appreciate the history behind Monument to a Century of Flight, look for gifts at Forbes Candies, and walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills holiday planner.

Kill Devil Hills is just a stone's throw from Manteo. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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