15 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

15 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

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15 days in Outer Banks Itinerary

Houston
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Frisco, Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 15​min
Ocracoke
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Nags Head
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Houston

4
days
Frisco, Hatteras Island

Frisco ©
Frisco is a small unincorporated community on the barrier island of Hatteras Island, between the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. Step out of the city life by going to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Salvo Beach. Relax by the water at Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Avon Fishing Pier, and stop by Harbor House Seafood Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Frisco tour planner.

Houston to Frisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Frisco. When traveling from Houston in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Frisco: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Frisco

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Salvo Beach, Avon Fishing Pier
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Avon Fishing Pier
Avon Fishing Pier
Harbor House Seafood Market
Harbor House Seafood Market

2
days
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): experience rural life at Island Farm and then get engrossed in the history at Fort Raleigh Historic Site. On the next day, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manteo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Frisco to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. November in Manteo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ocracoke.

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Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

3
days
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Ocracoke Preservation Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Portsmouth Village and British Cemetery. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, stroll through Hammock Hills Nature Trails, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ocracoke trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manteo to Ocracoke by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nags Head.

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Springers Point ©
Springers Point
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse

5
days
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Get in touch with nature at Currituck Beach and Currituck Banks Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Duck (Parasailing & Paragliding & Duck's Cottage). And it doesn't end there: get outside with First Flight Adventure Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nags Head trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Nags Head takes 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Corolla, Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
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Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve
First Flight Adventure Park
First Flight Adventure Park
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve ©

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