9 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 day
Drive
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Corolla — 1 day

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 1st (Sat), kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then get a tailor-made plan with Back Country Safari Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Corolla day trip app.

Dayton to Corolla is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Dayton in October, expect Corolla to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Nags Head.
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Nags Head — 2 nights

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then look for gifts at Salty Paws Biscuits, then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Vineyards On The Scuppernong, don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nags Head driving holiday planner.

Getting from Corolla to Nags Head by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Nags Head are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Manteo.
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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 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Island Farm, then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, and finally sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manteo trip maker website.

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. In October, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then stop by Scotch Bonnet Fudge & Gifts, then examine the collection at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hatteras Island trip maker app.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry 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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll the grounds of British Cemetery, then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ocracoke tour website.

Traveling by ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. October in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry & Southport Pier and RIverwalk), Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Bellamy Mansion, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 6 hours. Traveling from Ocracoke in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Wilmington, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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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