7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

7 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Outer Banks trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Nags Head
— 3 nights


Hatteras Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then take in the waterfront at Avon Fishing Pier, and then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island tour planning app.

Little Rock to Hatteras Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Hatteras Island due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Little Rock, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hatteras Island, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 12th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Island Farm, then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens, and finally stop by The Christmas Shop. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, then browse the exhibits of Roanoke Island Festival Park, then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manteo online trip builder.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. July in Manteo sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Nags Head

— 3 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Corolla (Off-Road Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head day trip site.

Nags Head is just a short distance from Manteo. In July, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Outer Banks travel guide

Lighthouses · Historic Sites · 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.