5 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast planner

Make it your trip
— 1 day
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 2 nights
Nags Head
— 2 nights



— 1 day
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, then stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, and finally don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

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

Durham to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. June in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Surf City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Shopping

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 2 nights
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Topsail Island Trading Company, head off the coast to Topsail Island, and then stroll around Soundside Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get a new perspective on nature at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and then take in the waterfront at Surf City Pier.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Surf City online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Wilmington to Surf City in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Surf City can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nags Head route planning website.

Getting from Surf City to Nags Head by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Surf City in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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.