7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Beaufort
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Plattsburgh

2
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally look for gifts at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kill Devil Hills trip planner .

Plattsburgh to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. In September, Kill Devil Hills is somewhat warmer than Plattsburgh - with highs of 80°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buxton.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nags Head, Corolla
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Pelican Gallery, and finally stroll through Frisco Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Buxton trip planner.

You can drive from Kill Devil Hills to Buxton in 1.5 hours. In September in Buxton, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Buxton

Beaches Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Frisco Beach
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

1
night
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Island Express Ferry Service.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Buxton to Beaufort in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Fort Macon State Park
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Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

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nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 21st (Sat), learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, then stop by Old Books on Front Street, then make a trip to Riverwalk, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battle House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Start your trip to Wilmington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Beaufort to Wilmington by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trip

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©