11 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

11 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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11 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Carova
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Houston

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.
On the 27th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Houston to Nags Head is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in July: highs in Nags Head hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, Parasailing & Paragliding, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Dare County Arts Council, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and then kick back and relax at Salvo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, then enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Outer Banks History Center, and finally browse the exhibits of Roanoke Island Festival Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manteo day trip app .

Manteo is just a stone's throw from Nags Head. July in Manteo sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carova.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Outer Banks History Center, Salvo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Roanoke Island Festival Park ©
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

2
nights
Carova

Carova ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally stroll through Carova Beach. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the galleries of Whalehead Club, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carova holiday builder app .

You can drive from Manteo to Carova in 1.5 hours. July in Carova sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Carova

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at British Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Carova to Ocracoke takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Buxton.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

2
nights
Buxton, Hatteras Island

Buxton ©
Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Haulover, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Buxton trip site .

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Buxton takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Buxton are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buxton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Frisco Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Haulover ©
Haulover

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