4 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

4 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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4 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

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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. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Pelican Gallery, then look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buxton trip planner .

Phoenix to Buxton is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Buxton due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in July: highs in Buxton hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Buxton

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Pelican Gallery, Lee Robinson's General Store, Frisco Beach
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Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Lee Robinson's General Store ©
Lee Robinson's General Store

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke vacation builder site .

You can drive from Buxton to Ocracoke in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

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night
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 24th (Wed), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Life on a Sandbar.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nags Head itinerary maker website .

Getting from Ocracoke to Nags Head by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nags Head are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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