7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip itinerary planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Drive to Cedar Island, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
— 1 night
— 1 night
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Charlotte


Southport — 1 night

On the 21st (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Southport Pier and RIverwalk, then stop by Bullfrog Corner, then steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and finally examine the collection at Old Brunswick County Jail Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holden Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Southport sightseeing planner.

Charlotte to Southport is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Southport sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Ocracoke — 1 night

On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ocracoke road trip tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Southport to Ocracoke in 6.5 hours. In May in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Edenton.
Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Edenton — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Barker House, then don't miss a visit to 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Historic Edenton State Historic Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Edenton National Fish Hatchery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Edenton travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Edenton takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manteo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum and Outer Banks Distilling. Get some historical perspective at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Island Farm. Go for a jaunt from Manteo to Manns Harbor to see Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge about 36 minutes away.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo online day trip planner.

You can drive from Edenton to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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.