31 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

31 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Outer Banks route planner

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Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 9 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 7 nights
Ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, Drive to Buxton
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Buxton, Hatteras Island
— 7 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 7 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Montreal

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Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 9 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Wright Brothers National Memorial and Buffalo City Exhibit will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodie Island Lighthouse and Roanoke Island Festival Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manteo: Kitty Hawk (Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, Monument to a Century of Flight, &more), The Pointe Golf Club (in Powells Point) and Rodanthe (Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge & Rodanthe Pier). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, tee off at Kilmarlic Golf Club, and enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manteo road trip website.

Montreal, Canada to Manteo is an approximately 13.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Montreal in April, things will get a bit warmer in Manteo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 7 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. Appreciate the collections at Ocracoke Preservation Museum and Over the Moon. Ocracoke Lighthouse and British Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach, stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, hike along Hammock Hills Nature Trails, and take some stellar pictures from Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Manteo to Ocracoke in 5 hours. In April in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Buxton.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Buxton, Hatteras Island

— 7 nights
Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom. You'll get in some beach time at Frisco Beach and Shelley Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and New Inlet (in Hatteras Island). There's much more to do: stroll through Cape Hatteras National Seashore, trek along Buxton Woods Nature Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Blue Pelican Gallery, and kick back and relax at Haulover.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buxton road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Buxton in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Buxton can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Buxton

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 7 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and Historic Corolla Chapel. Get some cultural insight at Whalehead Club and Greenleaf Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Corolla side-trips: Duck Woods Country Club (in Kitty Hawk), Sweetgum Swamp Trail (in Kill Devil Hills) and Carova Beach (in Carova). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Corolla trip website.

You can drive from Buxton to Corolla in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Outer Banks travel guide

4.6
Lighthouses · History Museums · 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.