7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast tour planner
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Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
2
Ocracoke
Drive
3
Morehead City
Drive
4
Atlantic Beach
— 1 night
Drive
5
Emerald Isle
— 1 night
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Hatteras Island — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Nags Head (Jockey's Ridge State Park, Jennette's Pier, &more), Salty Paws Biscuits (in Duck) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island trip tool.

Shallotte to Hatteras Island is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also drive. In October, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ocracoke.
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Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

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. On the 13th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Over the Moon.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ocracoke tour app.

Ride a ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Morehead City.
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Shopping · Museums
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Morehead City

Morehead City is a port town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Morehead City itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ocracoke to Morehead City by car takes about 4 hours. In October in Morehead City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Atlantic Beach.
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Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Atlantic Beach — 1 night

Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 14th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Atlantic Beach day trip planner.

Atlantic Beach is just a short distance from Morehead City. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Emerald Isle.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Side Trip

Emerald Isle — 1 night

Emerald Isle is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Emerald Isle trip planner.

Emerald Isle is just a stone's throw from Atlantic Beach. In October, daily temperatures in Emerald Isle can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.
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North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Historic Sites · Lighthouses · 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.
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