9 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 1 night
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Jacksonville


Corolla — 1 night

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): browse the exhibits of Whalehead Club, see Off-Road Tours, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, stroll through Currituck Beach, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Corolla driving holiday tool.

Jacksonville to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Manteo.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Step out of Manteo with an excursion to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, stop by The Christmas Shop, and admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manteo holiday planner.

Drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Corolla, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Manteo, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Hatteras Island — 4 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Hatteras Island side-trips: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills) and Monument to a Century of Flight (in Kitty Hawk). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Outer Banks travel guide

Lighthouses · Historic Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.