6 days in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach & Harkers Island Itinerary

6 days in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach & Harkers Island Itinerary

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6 days in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach & Harkers Island Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Emerald Isle
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Atlantic Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Harkers Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle ©
Emerald Isle is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Topsail Island and The Point. Change things up with these side-trips from Emerald Isle: New Bern (New Bern Academy Museum, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, & more) and Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Jacksonville). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, walk around Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC, and go for a walk through Emerald Isle Boat Ramp.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Emerald Isle itinerary planning tool .

Charlotte to Emerald Isle is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in Emerald Isle

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

New Bern, Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC, Topsail Island
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Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier ©
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

2
nights
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Island Express Ferry Service, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Raceway, admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and then don't miss a visit to Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Atlantic Beach trip builder tool .

Atlantic Beach is just a stone's throw from Emerald Isle. August in Atlantic Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trips

Beaufort, Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Raceway, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
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Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service

1
night
Harkers Island

Harkers Island ©
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 19th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Cape Lookout Lighthouse, engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Harkers Island trip planning app .

Getting from Atlantic Beach to Harkers Island by car takes about an hour. In August in Harkers Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse