The Ultimate 7 Day Outer Banks Itinerary Story

By Samantha Roberts


The Ultimate 7 Day Outer Banks Itinerary Story

The Outer Banks are a series of barrier islands in North Carolina that have recently risen to stardom thanks to... Read more

Day 1

Currituck & Corolla

Your perfect 7-day Outer Banks itinerary starts in the northernmost part of the islands. This is the best way to... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 1

See Wild Horses at the Beach

You've probably heard about the wild Spanish mustangs that roam free in the Outer Banks. To see these beauties, you... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 2

Currituck Beach Lighthouse & Historic Corolla Park

End your first day by walking the 220 steps to the top of Currituck Beach Lighthouse for perfect views of... Read more

Day 2

Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, & Nags Head

Day two of your Outer Banks itinerary includes learning about the history of the area, getting adventurous on the sand... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 1

Kitty Hawk

On your second day in the Outer Banks, head south to Kitty Hawk. You can learn more about the Wright... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 2

Kill Devil Hills

Next, it's time to head south to Kill Devil Hills. Yes, this town has a rather strange name that comes... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 3

Nags Head

End your second day with adventure in Nags Head! Nags Head is home to Jockey's Ridge State Park. If you... Read more

Day 3

Roanoke Island

This little barrier island is famous for its "lost colony" of settlers. It is one of the most entertaining and... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 1

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site preserves the location of the Roanoke colony of 1587. The colony was promoted and... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 2

Island Farm

The Island Farm is a 19th-century farm that has been turned into a living museum. They have employees in period... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 3

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Not your typical lighthouse, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is a beautiful little lighthouse that you can reach by walking out... Read more

Day 4

Bodie Island & Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Day 4 is all about relaxation and enjoying nature. You'll spend time relaxing on the beach, driving on thin strips... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 1

Coquina Beach

Spend your morning walking along Coquina Beach. It's a white sand beach that is expansive, so you shouldn't have any... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 2

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse has had a rough history. Originally built in 1847, the Bodie Lighthouse sadly had to be... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 3

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

There are no buildings along the stretch of road through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Driving through the refuge... Read more

Day 5

Rodanthe, Salvo, & Avon

Are you ready to spend another day in nature? Day 5 of your Outer Banks vacation itinerary is all about... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 1


Start your day in Rodanthe at the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site. It's a former station that is now... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 2


After lunch, head south to the Salvo Day Use Area in Salvo. The day-use area is a beach that has... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 3


End Day 5 in the Outer Banks with a walk on the Avon Fishing Pier before dinner. Right beside the... Read more

Day 6

Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is in the southern part of the Outer Banks. Day 6 is all about exploration. Today, you'll find... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 1

Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe

This little cafe in northern Hatteras Island is too good to miss. They are famous for their Apple Uglies. An... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 2

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Next, head to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It is decorated with the iconic black and white stripes and is the... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 3

Hatteras Village Park

The entrance to the park may seem small and unassuming, but don't let this fool you. The trails through the... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 4

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

At this stop, you'll learn about the original inhabitants of Hatteras Island. This museum is a non-profit organization. You'll see... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 5

Futuro House

Want a unique place to take a picture? End your day by stopping by the Futuro House on Hatteras Island.... Read more

Day 7

Ocracoke Island

When you think of the best beaches in the United States, you probably think of Hawaii or Florida. One of... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 1

Take the Ocracoke Ferry

You'll need to take a drive-on ferry to get to Ocracoke Island from Hatteras Island. The process is free, simple,... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 2

Ocracoke Beach

Start your time on Ocracoke Island by spending time on the #2 ranked beach in America. White sands, expansive beach,... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 3

Pony Pen

Not so wild anymore, but still the descendants of the mustangs from Spain that were left on Ocracoke Island many... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 4

Eat at Howard's Pub & Raw Bar

Next, stop for a bite to eat at the renowned Howard's Pub. The restaurant is decorated with old license plates... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 5

Ocracoke Lighthouse

End your day on Ocracoke by seeing the southernmost lighthouse in the Outer Banks. The Ocracoke Lighthouse stands at only... Read more


In Summary

I instantly fell in love with the Outer Banks' natural beauty, adventurous activities, and delicious food, and I know you... Read more