37 days in Omaha & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

37 days in Omaha & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Omaha
— 10 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
Drive
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Harkers Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ocracoke
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Edenton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Omaha

— 10 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center and Holy Family Shrine. Appreciate the collections at International Quilt Museum and Historic General Dodge House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Omaha: Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Lincoln (Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial, Sheldon Museum of Art, &more) and Sioux City (Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City Public Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at General Crook House Museum, examine the collection at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hitchcock Nature Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Omaha itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Omaha. In May in Omaha, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 7 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Holden Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Wilmington Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site (in Winnabow), Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill) and Southport (Franklin Square Gallery, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Cameron Art Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Poplar Grove Plantation, and take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington sightseeing planner.

Getting from Omaha to Wilmington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Omaha to Wilmington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Omaha in May; daily highs in Wilmington reach 81°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Harkers Island

— 2 nights
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Lookout Lighthouse, then engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then stroll through Cape Lookout National Seashore. On your second day here, head off the coast to Shackleford Banks.

Make your Harkers Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Harkers Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Ocracoke

— 4 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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like British Cemetery and Fort Ocracoke Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Ocracoke Preservation Museum. Explore Ocracoke's surroundings by going to Beaufort (Rachel Carson Reserve & Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Anchorage Marina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Springers Point, and stop by Books to Be Red.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Harkers Island to Ocracoke takes 3.5 hours. May in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hatteras Island

— 5 nights
Visit Haulover and Frisco Beach for some beach relaxation. Hatteras Island Ocean Center and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Nags Head Woods Preserve (in Kill Devil Hills), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Kitty Hawk (Monument to a Century of Flight & Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island driving holiday app.

Traveling by ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Edenton

— 2 nights
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Edenton National Fish Hatchery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and then get advice or help at Barker House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Historic Edenton State Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Somerset Place State Historic Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edenton route planner.

Drive from Hatteras Island to Edenton in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Edenton sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 3 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Farm and Buffalo City Exhibit. Change things up with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with Paradise Dolphin Cruises, look for gifts at Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and take a leisurely stroll along Nags Head Fishing Pier.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manteo trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Edenton to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carova Beach and Currituck Banks Reserve. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Scarborough Lane Shoppes, stroll through Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and kick back and relax at Currituck Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Corolla, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
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.