15 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip planner
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Fly
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Beaufort
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Wilmington — 3 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Attractions like Room Escape Games and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Oak Island (Oak Island Beach & Anomaly Charters). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, take in the waterfront at Kure Beach Pier, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wrightsville Beach Brewery.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington day trip tool.

New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wilmington, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Surf City.
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Surf City, Topsail Island — 1 night

Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 16th (Thu), shop like a local with Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Surf City itinerary planning site.

Getting from Wilmington to Surf City by car takes about an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beaufort.
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Beaufort — 2 nights

Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hammocks Beach State Park, and then get in on the family fun at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Raceway.

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Traveling by car from Surf City to Beaufort takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Beaufort are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 3 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Explore Hatteras Island's surroundings by going to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Forbes Candies (in Nags Head).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island travel planner.

You can drive from Beaufort to Hatteras Island in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Hatteras Island sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 22nd (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manteo journey planning tool.

Drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Manteo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corolla: Carova Beach (in Carova) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Duck). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, and browse the exhibits of Whalehead Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Corolla trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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North Carolina Coast travel guide

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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.
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