15 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast holiday planner

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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive to Cedar Island, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sea Turtle Camp and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Escape the urban bustle at Carolina Beach Inshore Adventures and Ogden Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Masonboro Island Reserve, stop by The Veggie Wagon, stroll through Carolina Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary.

Find out how to plan Wilmington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Show Low to Wilmington is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Show Low to Wilmington. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Show Low in June, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 1 night
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 6th (Sun), stop by Quarter Moon Books & Gifts, don't miss a visit to Surf City Pier, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Gathering Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Surf City trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Surf City takes an hour. In June in Surf City, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Surf City

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ocracoke

— 2 nights
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 (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, and then hike along Hammock Hills Nature Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Stillwater Spa & Wellness, then stop by Books to Be Red, then take in the waterfront activity at Anchorage Marina, and finally get great views at Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Ocracoke online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Surf City to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Hatteras Island Ocean Center, then take a memorable tour with Godspeed Charters, then kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, and finally look for gifts at Scotch Bonnet. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Spa Koru, enjoy the sand and surf at Salvo Beach, and then kick back and relax at Haulover.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island journey builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Island Farm, then take in the waterfront at Nags Head Fishing Pier, and then kick back and relax at Coquina Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, then stop by Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Paradise Dolphin Cruises.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Manteo trip builder site.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In June in Manteo, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 13th (Sun), hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take a memorable drive along Beach Jeeps of Corolla. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Corolla Chapel and then identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

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Drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive

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.