5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  8​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
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Denver

1
day
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 24th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Haulover, then take a leisurely stroll along Avon Fishing Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buxton day trip planning site .

Denver to Buxton is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in June, Buxton is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Buxton

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Avon Fishing Pier, Frisco Beach
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Haulover ©
Haulover
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Avon Fishing Pier ©
Avon Fishing Pier

1
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke trip site .

Drive from Buxton to Ocracoke in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, admire all the interesting features of Island Farm, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head trip planner .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Nags Head in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Nags Head are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Island Farm, Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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