7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast tour planner
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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Manteo
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 day
Drive
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Edenton
— 1 night
Drive
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive
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Harkers Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 day

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 21st (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, and then stroll through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Manteo trip planner.

New York City to Manteo is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Edenton.
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Edenton — 1 night

Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Barker House, then enjoy the sea views from 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

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

Drive from Manteo to Edenton in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Edenton can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ocracoke.
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Ocracoke — 1 night

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. On the 23rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, stop by Books to Be Red, then stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of British Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ocracoke travel route builder app.

You can drive from Edenton to Ocracoke in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Harkers Island.
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Harkers Island — 1 night

Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore, then engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Harkers Island trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ocracoke to Harkers Island in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Harkers Island are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Wilmington Railroad Museum. Poplar Grove Plantation and North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Southport (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Franklin Square Gallery, &more), Spas (in Surf City) and Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

Drive from Harkers Island to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly 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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