24 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

24 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Outer Banks trip planner

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

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Hatteras Island

— 6 nights
Explore Hatteras Island's surroundings by going to Kitty Hawk (Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, The Monument to a Century of Flight, &more) and Kill Devil Hills (Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, OBX Art Studio, &more). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island trip planner.

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. Traveling from Charlotte in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 47°F in Hatteras Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 5 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. Ocracoke is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, go for a stroll along the water at Anchorage Marina, trek along Hammock Hills Nature Trails, and relax and rejuvenate at Stillwater Spa & Wellness.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rodanthe.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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. On the 23rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and then make a trip to Rodanthe Pier.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rodanthe trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Ocracoke to Rodanthe in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ocracoke in December, Rodanthe is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Rodanthe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 6 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Dare County Arts Council, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Rodanthe to Manteo takes an hour. December in Manteo sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, and relax and rejuvenate at Corolla Yoga.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.