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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, &more) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). The adventure continues: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, wander the streets of Historic District, and do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wilmington tour itinerary builder website.

New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Wilmington hover around 65°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Calabash.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Calabash

— 1 night
Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stop by Callahan's of Calabash, indulge in some personalized pampering at Sacred Willow Spa, then don't miss a visit to Kindred Spirit Mailbox, and finally stroll around Sunset Beach Waterfront Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Calabash trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Calabash takes 1.5 hours. March in Calabash sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Calabash

Shopping · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

Jacksonville

— 3 nights
Jacksonville is a city in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jacksonville side-trips: CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center (in Kinston), New Bern (North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, &more) and Surf City (Topsail Island & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Walton's Distillery, make a trip to Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Hammocks Beach State Park, and go for a walk through Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jacksonville trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Calabash to Jacksonville takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Atlantic Beach

— 2 nights
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 21st (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, take a leisurely stroll along Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant, and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rachel Carson Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Atlantic Beach planning site.

Drive from Jacksonville to Atlantic Beach in 1.5 hours. In March in Atlantic Beach, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Atlantic Beach to Hatteras Island in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more) and Morris Farm Market (in Barco). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nags Head online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Nags Head takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.