8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast journey planner

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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Go for a jaunt from Wilmington to Kure Beach to see North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, steep yourself in history at Bellamy Mansion, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary planner.

Charlotte to Wilmington is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Haulover, then examine the collection at Hatteras Island Ocean Center, and finally look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Hatteras Island in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in May: highs in Hatteras Island hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 1 night
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and finally get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manteo attractions planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

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 (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, browse the exhibits of Wright Brothers National Memorial, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, and get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway.

Planning Nags Head trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Nags Head is just a short distance from Manteo. May in Nags Head sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Historic Sites · Lighthouses · 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.