4 days in Outer Banks & Columbia Itinerary

4 days in Outer Banks & Columbia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Norfolk
Drive:  2 h
1
Corolla
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  8 h 45 min
4
Columbia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h
End: Norfolk

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day
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Corolla trip planner.

Norfolk to Corolla is an approximately 2- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July in Corolla, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Corolla

Wildlife Parks Trails
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Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education ©
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum

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night
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Corolla to Hatteras Island in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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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. On the 11th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Over the Moon, then look for gifts at Books to Be Red, and then stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ocracoke road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2 hours. In July in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Books to Be Red ©
Books to Be Red
Over the Moon ©
Over the Moon

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Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve, then stop by Mast General Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Saluda Shoals Park, and finally get your game on at Escape Plan Columbia.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Columbia takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ocracoke in July, expect nights in Columbia to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve
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Saluda Shoals Park ©
Saluda Shoals Park
Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve ©
Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve
Mast General Store ©
Mast General Store

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