8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Coast itinerary planner

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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Surf City, Topsail Island
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
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Corolla
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Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Attractions like Battleship North Carolina and Sea Turtle Camp make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach). There's much more to do: stroll through Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, browse the fresh offerings at Motts Channel Seafood, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and stop by The Black Cat Shoppe.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington online trip builder.

Washington to Wilmington is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Washington in July, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 1 night
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then head off the coast to Topsail Island, and then walk around Soundside Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Surf City route planning website.

Getting from Wilmington to Surf City by car takes about an hour. In July in Surf City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks · Nature · Spas

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally look for gifts at Salty Paws Biscuits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and finally admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manteo trip planner.

You can drive from Surf City to Manteo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daytime highs in Manteo are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours. On your second day here, wander the streets of Scarborough Lane Shoppes, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla vacation planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.