8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lexington
Fly:  7 h
1
Duck
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Beaufort
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h
End: Lexington

1
night
Duck

Duck is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Duck online attractions planner.

Lexington to Duck is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lexington in July since evenings lows in Duck dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Duck

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Corolla
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Island Farm, thentake a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally get all the equipment you need at Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manteo online travel planner.

You can drive from Duck to Manteo in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nags Head
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island ©
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Wings Beachwear, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and finally visit Island Express Ferry Service.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Beaufort trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Beaufort takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Highlights from your plan
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores ©
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service

1
night
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): head off the coast to Topsail Island, thenlook for gifts at Topsail Island Trading Company, thenidentify plant and animal life at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and finally stroll around Soundside Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Surf City travel route tool.

Drive from Beaufort to Surf City in 2 hours. July in Surf City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Soundside Park ©
Soundside Park

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Camp, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Front Street Brewery. Keep things going the next day: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and finally stop by The Veggie Wagon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary app.

Getting from Surf City to Wilmington by car takes about an hour. July in Wilmington sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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