12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips North Carolina tour planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Harkers Island
— 1 night
— 1 night
Ferry to Swan Quarter, NC, Drive to Manteo
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ferry to Toronto


Wilmington — 3 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carolina Beach State Park and Poplar Grove Plantation. Take a break from the city and head to Holden Beach and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Missiles and More Museum (in Topsail Beach), Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Trinity United Methodist Church (in Southport). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, browse the exhibits of Bellamy Mansion, contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and stop by Downtown Wilmington.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Wilmington is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Wilmington is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Harkers Island.
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Harkers Island — 1 night

Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): head off the coast to Shackleford Banks, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Harkers Island sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Harkers Island in 2.5 hours. In August in Harkers Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ocracoke.
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Ocracoke — 1 night

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 12th (Sat), stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, then shop like a local with Over the Moon, and finally identify plant and animal life at Springers Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ocracoke trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Harkers Island to Ocracoke takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Get a sense of the local culture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Appreciate the collections at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Buffalo City Exhibit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manteo: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (in Manns Harbor) and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (in Rodanthe). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Island Farm and get up close to creatures of the deep with Paradise Dolphin Cruises.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manteo trip builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Manteo in 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Manteo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Corolla.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 16th (Wed), head outdoors with Sweet Rides, then steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, then identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and finally get a new perspective on things with Corolla Surf Shop. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach, and finally trek along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corolla attractions planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Corolla are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
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North Carolina travel guide

The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.