17 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

17 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip itinerary planner

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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Calabash
— 1 night
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Jacksonville
— 3 nights
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Atlantic Beach
— 2 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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Wilmington

— 4 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Venture out of the city with trips to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, make a trip to Riverwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at New Hanover County Arboretum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip planner.

New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, Wilmington is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 21°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Calabash.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Calabash

— 1 night
Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. On the 14th (Sun), look for gifts at Callahan's of Calabash, relax and rejuvenate at Sacred Willow Spa, then make a trip to Kindred Spirit Mailbox, and finally walk around Sunset Beach Waterfront Park.

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Traveling by car from Wilmington to Calabash takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Calabash

Spas · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Jacksonville

— 3 nights
Jacksonville is a city in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Surf City (Topsail Island & Spas), CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center (in Kinston) and New Bern (North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, &more). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Walton's Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Hammocks Beach State Park, stroll around Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC, and don't miss a visit to Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jacksonville trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Calabash to Jacksonville in 2 hours. March in Jacksonville sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atlantic Beach

— 2 nights
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant, and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rachel Carson Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Atlantic Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jacksonville to Atlantic Beach takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hatteras Island trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Atlantic Beach to Hatteras Island in 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Nags Head

— 3 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more) and Morris Farm Market (in Barco). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head online trip maker.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Nags Head in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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.