7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 3 nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Minneapolis


Nags Head — 3 nights

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Venture out of the city with trips to Corolla (Off-Road Tours, Back Country Safari Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, look for gifts at Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

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Minneapolis to Nags Head is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, then take in the exciting artwork at Dare County Arts Council, and then get a new perspective on things with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manteo travel itinerary planner.

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. August in Manteo sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.
Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Hatteras Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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Getting from Manteo to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Hatteras Island sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Outer Banks travel guide

Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.