8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip itinerary planner

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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harkers Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edenton
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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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.
Visiting Cape Fear River and Holden Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Noni Bacca Winery and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Museum of Coastal Carolina (in Ocean Isle Beach) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Carolina Beach State Park, stop by The Veggie Wagon, and admire the natural beauty at New Hanover County Arboretum.

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New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in March; daily highs in Wilmington reach 65°F and lows reach 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harkers Island

— 1 night
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 7th (Sun), head off the coast to Shackleford Banks, engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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You can drive from Wilmington to Harkers Island in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Wilmington in March, expect nights in Harkers Island to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 1 night
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 8th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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Drive from Harkers Island to Manteo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Manteo

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to a Century of Flight, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then hike along Currituck Banks Reserve.

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Kill Devil Hills is just a short distance from Manteo. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Edenton.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Edenton

— 1 night
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. On the 11th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site, then stroll the grounds of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then visit a coastal fixture at 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Barker House.

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Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Edenton takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites · Museums

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.