5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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5 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hatteras, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Corolla trip builder site .

Washington DC to Corolla is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. October in Corolla sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hatteras.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Duck Town Boardwalk
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Off-Road Tours
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

1
night
Hatteras, Hatteras Island

Hatteras ©
Hatteras is an unincorporated village and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on the Outer Banks island of Hatteras, at its extreme southwestern tip. On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store, then contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and finally view the masterpieces at Blue Pelican Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hatteras vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Corolla to Hatteras takes 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Corolla in October since evenings lows in Hatteras dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Blue Pelican Gallery ©
Blue Pelican Gallery

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 16th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manteo journey website .

Drive from Hatteras to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Manteo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nags Head, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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