8 days in New Bern & Ocracoke Itinerary

8 days in New Bern & Ocracoke Itinerary

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8 days in New Bern & Ocracoke Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
New Bern
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ocracoke
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  12​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

3
nights
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting New Bern side-trips: Beaufort (Island Express Ferry Service, Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, & more), Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach) and Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC (in Swansboro). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island, shop like a local with Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Bern trip itinerary website .

Pittsburgh to New Bern is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Pittsburgh in September, expect New Bern to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in New Bern

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Beaufort, Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Topsail Island, Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC
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Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park

4
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
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. Step out of Ocracoke with an excursion to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and steep yourself in history at British Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ocracoke tour planner .

Traveling by car from New Bern to Ocracoke takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from New Bern in October, Ocracoke is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

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