11 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

11 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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11 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​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
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Columbus

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nags Head trip planner .

Columbus to Nags Head is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Columbus in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Nags Head. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avon.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Parasailing & Paragliding, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, The Monument to a Century of Flight
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©

2
nights
Avon, Hatteras Island

Avon ©
Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Frisco Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Salvo Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haulover.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Avon day trip planning site .

You can drive from Nags Head to Avon in an hour. September in Avon sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Avon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buxton, Salvo Beach, 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, then shop like a local with Over the Moon, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ocracoke tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Avon to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carova.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

3
nights
Carova

Carova ©
Relax by the water at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. When in Carova, make a side trip to see Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts in Corolla, approximately 34 minutes away.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Carova journey planning website .

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Carova takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Carova are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carova

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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