7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 2 nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night


Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 20th (Mon), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, get your game on at Corolla Raceway, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then kick back and relax at Carova Beach, and finally cruise along Beach Jeeps of Corolla.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Corolla trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Corolla is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. In July, Corolla is somewhat warmer than Pittsburgh - with highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Manteo.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 night

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 23rd (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, then get your game on at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manteo route site.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

Hatteras Island — 2 nights

On the 24th (Fri), look for gifts at Scotch Bonnet Fudge & Gifts, then see the interesting displays at Hatteras Island Ocean Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Canadian Hole. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at North Pond Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Salvo Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip planner.

Drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Surf City.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Surf City, Topsail Island — 1 night

Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Surf City Pier, head off the coast to Topsail Island, and then stroll around Soundside Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Surf City journey website.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Surf City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature

North Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.