8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast trip planner

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Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Beaufort
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Kill Devil Hills
— 3 nights
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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 13th (Fri): step aboard Battleship North Carolina, then make a trip to Riverwalk, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Federal Point History Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and then kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wilmington road trip tool.

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Beaufort

— 2 nights
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hungry Town Tours. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, then head outdoors with Beaufort Paddle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Hungry Town Tours, examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and finally look for gifts at Wings Beachwear.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. August in Beaufort sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach, then see what you can catch with Godspeed Charters, and finally look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store.

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

Getting from Beaufort to Hatteras Island by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Kill Devil Hills

— 3 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kill Devil Hills: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (in Manteo) and Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours & Off-Road Tours). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kill Devil Hills online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Kill Devil Hills takes 1.5 hours. August in Kill Devil Hills sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Historic Sites · Lighthouses · 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.