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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Corolla (Off-Road Tours, Back Country Safari Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, look for gifts at Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, 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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Minneapolis in June since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, then view the masterpieces at Dare County Arts Council, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manteo online trip itinerary planner.

Manteo is just a short distance from Nags Head. In June in Manteo, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Hatteras Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach and then steep yourself in history at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · 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.