8 days in North Carolina Coast & Iowa Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast & Iowa Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 1 day
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Council Bluffs
— 1 night


Corolla — 1 day

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, do sightseeing your way with Back Country Safari Tours, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip planner.

New York City to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Corolla: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manteo.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manteo tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Manteo, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wilmington.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Wilmington — 3 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach), Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash) and Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville). The adventure continues: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery, and wander the streets of Historic District.

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Traveling by car from Manteo to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Manteo in February, you will find days in Wilmington are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Dubuque.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips

Dubuque — 1 night

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 18th (Fri), make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co. and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dubuque attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Dubuque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wilmington to Dubuque is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Wilmington in February, with highs in Dubuque at 30°F and lows at 12°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly to Council Bluffs.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): try your luck at Harrah's Casino and then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Council Bluffs trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Dubuque to Council Bluffs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dubuque in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Council Bluffs: highs are around 38°F and lows about 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Casinos · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip

North Carolina Coast travel guide

Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · History Museums · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."