8 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

8 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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8 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Rodanthe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Whalehead Club, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, & more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip itinerary planner .

Minneapolis to Nags Head is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Nags Head. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rodanthe.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla, Manteo, Duck, Kill Devil Hills, The Monument to a Century of Flight
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Rodanthe Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rodanthe trip tool .

Drive from Nags Head to Rodanthe in an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nags Head in September since evenings lows in Rodanthe dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Rodanthe

Beaches Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rodanthe Pier ©
Rodanthe Pier

1
night
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 13th (Fri): stroll the grounds of British Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and finally kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Ocracoke trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Rodanthe to Ocracoke in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rodanthe in September since evenings lows in Ocracoke dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Buxton.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, then see the interesting displays at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Buxton tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Ocracoke to Buxton in 2 hours. September in Buxton sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buxton

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Frisco Beach, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

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