6 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip planner

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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Edenton
— 1 night
Drive
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Nags Head trip planner.

Portland to Nags Head is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Portland in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Nags Head: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 1 night
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 6th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, then stop by The Christmas Shop, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo online trip planner.

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edenton.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Edenton

— 1 night
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Edenton Bay Cruises has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Historic Edenton State Historic Site, visit a coastal fixture at 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, then get outside with Edenton Bay Cruises, then steep yourself in history at Barker House, and finally stroll through Edenton National Fish Hatchery.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Edenton attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Edenton takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): step aboard Battleship North Carolina, make a trip to Riverwalk, and then admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington vacation builder tool.

Getting from Edenton to Wilmington by car takes about 3.5 hours. October in Wilmington sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Museums

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.