7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h
1
Wilmington
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Beaufort
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Oak Island Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, then admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wilmington road trip planning app .

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oak Island, Carolina Beach, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Carolina Beach State Park ©
Carolina Beach State Park
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse

1
night
Beaufort

Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Shackleford Banks.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Beaufort trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Shackleford Banks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks

1
night
Ocracoke

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 24th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ocracoke trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Ocracoke takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Currituck Beach. Get some historical perspective at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and Whalehead Club. Change things up with a short trip to Carova Beach in Carova (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, examine the collection at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Stpre, get interesting insight from Tours, and hike along Currituck Banks Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Corolla trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. July in Corolla sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carova Beach
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Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

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