8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Raleigh

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Oak Island Beach and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Museum-lovers will appreciate Battleship North Carolina and Artshak Studio and Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Topsail Island Trading Company (in Surf City), Franklin Square Gallery (in Southport) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). There's more to do: wander the streets of Historic District and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bizarre.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Wilmington trip website .

Raleigh to Wilmington is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Holden Beach, Oak Island Beach, Topsail Island Trading Company, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach

1
night
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. On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ocracoke planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Get some historical perspective at Wright Brothers National Memorial and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carova Beach and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Go for a jaunt from Nags Head to Corolla to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, stop by Mom's Sweet Shop, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nags Head driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Nags Head takes 3 hours. August in Nags Head sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Carova Beach, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. On the 17th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at New Bern Academy Museum, browse for treasures at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, steep yourself in history at North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, take in the exciting artwork at Fine Art at Baxters, then take in the exciting artwork at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New Bern planning app .

You can drive from Nags Head to New Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In August, daytime highs in New Bern are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in New Bern

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Fine Art at Baxters ©
Fine Art at Baxters
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola

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