7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Wilmington
— 1 night
2
Beaufort
— 1 night
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
4
Corolla
— 2 nights

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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 21st (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Oak Island Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington route tool.

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Oak Island, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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Beaufort

Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head off the coast to Shackleford Banks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Beaufort holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Beaufort are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Shackleford Banks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks
Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground ©

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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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and then steep yourself in history at British Cemetery.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ocracoke online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Beaufort to Ocracoke takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

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Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and Whalehead Club. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Currituck Banks Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, stroll through Currituck Beach, examine the collection at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Corolla online itinerary builder.

Getting from Ocracoke to Corolla by combination of ferry and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education ©
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Parasailing & Paragliding

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