7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Buxton, Hatteras Island

Buxton ©
Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. On the 6th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and then look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Buxton journey builder tool .

Minneapolis to Buxton is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in October, with highs in Buxton at 74°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Buxton

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Lee Robinson's General Store, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Lee Robinson's General Store ©
Lee Robinson's General Store

1
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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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and finally stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Ocracoke trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buxton to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, experience rural life at Island Farm, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manteo trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Manteo in 3 hours. In October in Manteo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nags Head, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
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Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight, and finally take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk. On the next day, look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kill Devil Hills trip simple and quick.

Kill Devil Hills is just a stone's throw from Manteo. In October in Kill Devil Hills, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Corolla, Duck Town Boardwalk, Jockey's Ridge State Park, The Monument to a Century of Flight
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

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