7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Harkers Island
— 1 night
— 1 night
Ferry to Swan Quarter, NC, Drive to Manteo
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Washington DC


Wilmington — 2 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Poplar Grove Plantation and Wilmington Railroad Museum. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Missiles and More Museum (in Topsail Beach) and Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Spas). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Cameron Art Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wilmington online road trip planner.

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Harkers Island.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips
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Harkers Island — 1 night

Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): head off the coast to Shackleford Banks, engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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You can drive from Wilmington to Harkers Island in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Harkers Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Ocracoke.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Childrens Museums
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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 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point.

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You can drive from Harkers Island to Ocracoke in 3.5 hours. In August in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Manteo.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 night

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and then see majestic marine mammals with Paradise Dolphin Cruises.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manteo tour itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Manteo in 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Manteo are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Corolla.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip
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Corolla — 1 night

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Corolla route planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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North Carolina travel guide

The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.