5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Outer Banks travel planner
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Nags Head
— 2 nights


Hatteras Island — 1 night

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island road trip planner.

Louisville to Hatteras Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Louisville in August since evenings lows in Hatteras Island dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manteo.
Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Beaches

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 night

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, stop by The Christmas Shop, then steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Coquina Beach.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Manteo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Manteo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Manteo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Nags Head — 2 nights

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 18th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Ghost Crab Quest, then take in the waterfront at Nags Head Fishing Pier, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally shop like a local with Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nags Head Woods Preserve, stroll around Sandy Run Park, and then cool off at H2OBX Waterpark.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head road trip planning site.

Nags Head is very close to Manteo. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Outer Banks travel guide

Lighthouses · Historic Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.