60 days in Alabama's Gulf Coast, Coastal South Carolina & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

60 days in Alabama's Gulf Coast, Coastal South Carolina & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Gulf Shores
— 6 nights
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Mobile
— 8 nights
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Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
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Hilton Head
— 8 nights
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Charleston
— 10 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 7 nights
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Wilmington
— 8 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 5 nights
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Corolla
— 5 nights
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Gulf Shores

— 6 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Step out of Gulf Shores with an excursion to Weeks Bay Reserve in Fairhope--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Foley Railroad Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Foley.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gulf Shores trip maker tool.

Chicago to Gulf Shores is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Gulf Shores is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Mobile

— 8 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mobile: Confederate Rest Cemetery (in Point Clear) and Fairhope (B & B Pecan Co., Fairhope Museum, &more).

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mobile travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gulf Shores to Mobile takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Dauphin Island

— 2 nights
Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. On the 12th (Wed), stroll through Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary and then steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dauphin Island Public Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dauphin Island online day trip planner.

Drive from Mobile to Dauphin Island in an hour. January in Dauphin Island sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Hilton Head

— 8 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilton Head side-trips: Beaufort (Beaufort History Museum, Pat Conroy Literary Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Hilton Head Distillery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, take in the exciting artwork at The Silver Garden Gallery, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hilton Head online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dauphin Island to Hilton Head takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dauphin Island to Hilton Head. In January in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Charleston

— 10 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Change things up with a short trip to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, admire the natural beauty at Middleton Place, stroll through Joe Riley Waterfront Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Charleston attractions tool.

Getting from Hilton Head to Charleston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Charleston are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 7 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash) and Murrells Inlet (Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade, and examine the collection at Hollywood Wax Museum.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach planning app.

Getting from Charleston to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 8 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery (in New Bern), Jacksonville (Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Walton's Distillery) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). There's still lots to do: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, examine the collection at Wilmington Railroad Museum, make a trip to Riverwalk, and steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Wilmington trip maker tool.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Wilmington in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. February in Wilmington sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 5 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manteo: Rodanthe (Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum & Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Dare County Arts Council, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manteo trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Wilmington to Manteo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Wilmington in February, you will find days in Manteo are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Get out of town with these interesting Corolla side-trips: Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation (in Hertford) and Somerset Place State Historic Site (in Creswell). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, and relax and rejuvenate at Corolla Yoga.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Corolla trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Coastal South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches

North Carolina Coast travel guide

4.6
Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.