10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

10 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Outer Banks attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Hatteras Island
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rodanthe
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Charlotte

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Hatteras Island

— 1 night
On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Hatteras Island Ocean Center and then take in the exciting artwork at Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, then get interesting insight from Godspeed Charters, and finally look for gifts at Scotch Bonnet.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island holiday builder app.

Charlotte to Hatteras Island is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Ocracoke

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then look for gifts at Books to Be Red, and finally hike along Hammock Hills Nature Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke tour planning site.

Ride a ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rodanthe.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Rodanthe

— 1 night
Rodanthe is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Rodanthe Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rodanthe day trip planner.

Drive from Ocracoke to Rodanthe in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ocracoke in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rodanthe, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Rodanthe

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Island Farm, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then stop by The Christmas Shop, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Paradise Dolphin Cruises.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manteo sightseeing website.

Getting from Rodanthe to Manteo by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carova Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll explore and learn at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla day trip planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. July in Corolla sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Outer Banks travel guide

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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.