15 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

15 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Outer Banks planner
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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Manteo
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 4 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to New York City


Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Manteo is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, and observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manteo trip builder site.

New York City to Manteo is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Manteo dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.
Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife
Side Trip

Hatteras Island — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatteras Island: Monument to a Century of Flight (in Kitty Hawk) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ocracoke.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Ocracoke — 3 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. Ocracoke is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, look for gifts at Styron's General Store, get great views at Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke day trip site.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke by ferry takes about 2 hours. May in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rodanthe.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Rodanthe — 1 night

Rodanthe is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. On the 1st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and then don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rodanthe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Rodanthe takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ocracoke in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Rodanthe, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Corolla.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Corolla — 4 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Corolla is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, see Off-Road Tours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Corolla online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rodanthe to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Outer Banks travel guide

Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.