12 days in Raleigh & Wilmington Itinerary

12 days in Raleigh & Wilmington Itinerary

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12 days in Raleigh & Wilmington Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
1
Raleigh
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Raleigh

8
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Visiting Conservators Center and Sylvan Heights Bird Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Rosemont of Virginia Winery (in La Crosse), Cypress Bend Vineyards (in Wagram) and Duke University Chapel (in Durham). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, immerse yourself in nature at Umstead State Park, hike along Neuse River Trail, and examine the collection at Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Raleigh attractions planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Raleigh. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Duke University Chapel, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Pinehurst Course Number 2, Tobacco Road Golf Club, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
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3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, take a stroll through Historic District, then admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Historic District ©
Historic District

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