Travel Information


CWTM 2024 will be held at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), located in Wanchese, North Carolina. Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The CSI is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and Elizabeth City State University. Situated in the heart of the Outer Banks, CSI’s work is essential for understanding and preserving the fragile coastal environments of North Carolina and beyond.

Traveling to CWTM 2024

To arrive at Wanchese for CWTM 2024, you’ll likely be flying into one of the nearby airports and driving to the city. The closest major airport to Wanchese is Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Norfolk, Virginia, about 100 miles (161 km) from Wanchese. From there, you’ll need to rent a car or arrange for transportation to reach Wanchese.

Flying to Norfolk International Airport

When booking your flight to CWTM 2024, please select Norfolk International Airport (ORF) as the destination airport. The updated list of non-stop flights from Norfolk International Airport can be found in the airport website.
Car Rentals at Norfolk International Airport

Please make a reservation in advance to ensure you have a rental car available, especially during peak travel times.

When you arrive at the airport, you can follow the signs to the rental car center, where you’ll find the rental car desks and pick-up/drop-off areas for these companies. In Norfolk International Airport, the rental car reservation desks are located in the Arrivals Terminal on Level 1. 

Some of the major car rental companies are available at Norfolk International Airport. You can check the up-to-date list of car rental companies available at the Norfolk International Airport website.

Driving from Norfolk International Airport

Here are the directions from Norfolk International Airport to the Coastal Studies Institute, University of East Carolina.

Hotel Acomodations for CWTM 2024

While there are limited accommodation options directly in Wanchese, you can find a range of hotels and accommodations in nearby towns like Manteo and Nags Head. These hotels are within a reasonable driving distance of the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese and provide various accommodation options to suit your preferences and budget. Be sure to book your accommodations well in advance to secure your stay.

The Tranquil House Inn (Manteo, NC)

Address: 405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954
Distance to Coastal Studies Institute: Approximately 5 miles (8 km)

This charming inn is located in Manteo and offers a tranquil waterfront setting. It's a short drive from Wanchese and provides comfortable accommodations.

Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront (Nags Head, NC)

Address: 4701 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
Distance to Coastal Studies Institute: Approximately 12 miles

Located in nearby Nags Head, this oceanfront hotel offers beautiful views and easy access to the beach. It's suitable for both business and leisure travelers.

Sea Ranch Resort (Kill Devil Hills, NC)

Address: 1731 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Distance to Coastal Studies Institute: Approximately 15 miles

Located a bit further south in Kill Devil Hills, the Sea Ranch Resort offers oceanfront rooms and a restaurant with ocean views.