37 days in Omaha & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

37 days in Omaha & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Omaha
— 10 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
Drive
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Harkers Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ocracoke
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Edenton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Omaha

— 10 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center and International Quilt Museum. Appreciate the collections at Boys Town and Sioux City Public Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Omaha: Lincoln (Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial, Sheldon Museum of Art, &more), Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna) and Sioux City (Sioux City Art Center & Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Danish America, stroll through Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, get a taste of the local shopping with Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, and stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip maker tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Omaha. May in Omaha sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 7 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Holden Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Wilmington Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Southport (Franklin Square Gallery, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, &more), Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill) and Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site (in Winnabow). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Cameron Art Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Poplar Grove Plantation, and take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington sightseeing planner.

Getting from Omaha to Wilmington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Omaha to Wilmington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Omaha in May; daily highs in Wilmington reach 81°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Harkers Island

— 2 nights
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Lookout Lighthouse, then engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then stroll through Cape Lookout National Seashore. On your second day here, head off the coast to Shackleford Banks.

Make your Harkers Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Harkers Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Ocracoke

— 4 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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like British Cemetery and Fort Ocracoke Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Rachel Carson Reserve. Step out of Ocracoke to go to Beaufort and see Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, which is approximately 3h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, get great views at Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, stop by Books to Be Red, and get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Harkers Island to Ocracoke takes 3.5 hours. May in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hatteras Island

— 5 nights
Visit Haulover and Frisco Beach for some beach relaxation. Hatteras Island Ocean Center and Frisco Native American Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve (in Kill Devil Hills), Kitty Hawk (Monument to a Century of Flight & Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island driving holiday app.

Traveling by ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Edenton

— 2 nights
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Edenton National Fish Hatchery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and then get advice or help at Barker House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Historic Edenton State Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Somerset Place State Historic Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edenton route planner.

Drive from Hatteras Island to Edenton in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Edenton sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 3 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Farm and Buffalo City Exhibit. Change things up with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, take in the waterfront at Nags Head Fishing Pier, see majestic marine mammals with Paradise Dolphin Cruises, and stop by Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manteo trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Edenton to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Scarborough Lane Shoppes, stroll through Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Corolla journey planning site.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In June in Corolla, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Lighthouses · History Museums · 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.