17 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

17 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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17 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Swansboro
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ocracoke
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Duck
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Kitty Hawk
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Charlotte

5
nights
Buxton, Hatteras Island

Buxton ©
Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. We've included these beaches for you: Frisco Beach and Haulover. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, identify plant and animal life at Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve, and stop by Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buxton online itinerary maker .

Swansboro to Buxton is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Buxton are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Buxton

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Frisco, Avon, Hatteras Island Ocean Center, Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC ©
Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC
Hatteras Island Ocean Center ©
Hatteras Island Ocean Center

3
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
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. Visit Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Ocracoke Beach Fires for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as British Cemetery and Springers Point. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, look for gifts at Books to Be Red, take some stellar pictures from Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke tour planner.

Traveling by car from Buxton to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. September in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Duck.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

3
nights
Duck

Duck ©
Duck is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Get some cultural insight at Somerset Place State Historic Site and Sanctuary Vineyards. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Duck side-trips: Edenton (Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse & 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: stop by Duck's Cottage, take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, and visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Duck trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Ocracoke to Duck in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Duck

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Corolla, Edenton, Somerset Place State Historic Site, Sanctuary Vineyards
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Somerset Place State Historic Site ©
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse ©
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 11th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Dare County Arts Council, admire all the interesting features of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Salvo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manteo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Duck to Manteo takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Kitty Hawk.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Coquina Beach, Salvo Beach
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Coquina Beach ©
Coquina Beach
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Dare County Arts Council ©
Dare County Arts Council

3
nights
Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk ©
Kitty Hawk is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, and is a part of what is known as North Carolina's Outer Banks. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then take in the exciting artwork at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sweetgum Swamp Trail and then play a few rounds at Duck Woods Country Club.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kitty Hawk trip itinerary website .

Kitty Hawk is just a short distance from Manteo. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kitty Hawk

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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