8 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

8 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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8 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Rodanthe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Explore Nags Head's surroundings by going to Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight, and take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk.

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Indianapolis to Nags Head is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nags Head when traveling from Indianapolis in August, with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rodanthe.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Duck, Corolla, The Monument to a Century of Flight, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier

1
night
Rodanthe

Rodanthe ©
Rodanthe is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Rodanthe Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rodanthe visit app .

Drive from Nags Head to Rodanthe in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Rodanthe are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Rodanthe

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches
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Rodanthe Pier ©
Rodanthe Pier

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach Fires.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ocracoke road trip app .

Drive from Rodanthe to Ocracoke in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Rodanthe in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 74°F in Ocracoke. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buxton.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

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 17th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Haulover and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Buxton takes 2 hours. August in Buxton sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buxton

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Haulover ©
Haulover

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