6 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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6 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h
1
Wilmington
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Beaufort
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): head off the coast to Topsail Island. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary maker website .

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Oak Island Beach, Topsail Island
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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
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1
night
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 28th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then visit Island Express Ferry Service.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Beaufort planning site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Beaufort, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park
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Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park

3
nights
Nags Head

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.
Kids will enjoy Jockey's Ridge State Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum & Nature & Wildlife Tours). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nags Head road trip planner .

You can drive from Beaufort to Nags Head in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Nags Head are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Carova Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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