15 days in Wellington, North Carolina Coast & Knoxville Itinerary

15 days in Wellington, North Carolina Coast & Knoxville Itinerary

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Wellington
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Drive to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Beaufort
— 1 night
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Knoxville
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Wellington

— 1 night
Wellington is a city in and the county seat of Sumner County, Kansas, United States. On the 28th (Tue), walk around High Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Bartlett Arboretum, and then examine the collection at NDGA National Glass Museum. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Tanganyika Wildlife Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wellington holiday planning app.

Wichita to Wellington is an approximately 1-hour car ride. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, and finally get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag. On your second day here, stroll around Soundside Park, identify plant and animal life at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and then step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Wilmington. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Wilmington are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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 1st (Sat): stop by Wings Beachwear, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rachel Carson Reserve, and finally visit Island Express Ferry Service.

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You can drive from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Beaufort are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Outdoors · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, view the masterpieces at Over the Moon, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and finally stroll through Ocracoke Beach Fires.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ocracoke road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Ocracoke takes 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach, then see the interesting displays at Hatteras Island Ocean Center, and finally look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial and then cool off at H2OBX Waterpark. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, get your game on at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, then walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally get your game on at Life On A Sandbar.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Nags Head takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Theme Parks · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 5 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and The Island in Pigeon Forge. Change things up with these side-trips from Knoxville: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Alum Cave Trail, Mount LeConte, &more), Pigeon Forge (Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, Dollywood, &more) and Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, &more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Ijams Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Knoxville travel planner.

You can fly from Nags Head to Knoxville in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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.