9 days in North Carolina Coast & Charlottesville Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Coast & Charlottesville Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Coast & Charlottesville Itinerary

Start: Iowa City
Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Wilmington
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Beaufort
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Iowa City

1
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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington tour site .

Iowa City to Wilmington is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iowa City to Wilmington due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Iowa City in July, expect Wilmington to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

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night
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 24th (Wed), look for gifts at The Artestry Hideaway, don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, then see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and finally visit Island Express Ferry Service.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Beaufort tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Wilmington to Beaufort by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Beaufort sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Transportation Tours Outdoors
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Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head day trip website .

Drive from Beaufort to Nags Head in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Monticello, contemplate the long history of Michie Tavern ca. 1784, then experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, then make a trip to Les Yeux du Monde, and finally contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then learn about winemaking at Trump Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Charlottesville route builder tool .

Getting from Nags Head to Charlottesville by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Nags Head in July, Charlottesville is slightly colder at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Tours Historic Sites Wineries
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Monticello ©
Monticello
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard