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: Winchester
Drive:  7 h
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
End: Winchester


Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Holden Beach (in Holden Beach) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). There's still lots to do: stroll through Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary builder app .

Winchester to Wilmington is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Winchester in July, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Holden Beach, Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Oak Island Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach

Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island and then take in the waterfront at Surf City Pier.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Surf City vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Surf City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks Nature
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Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Surf City Pier ©
Surf City Pier

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.
You've now added OBX Ghost Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get a taste of local nightlife at OBX Ghost Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

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You can drive from Surf City to Nags Head in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. You will leave for home on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

OBX Ghost Tours
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier