15 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle Itinerary

15 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle Itinerary

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15 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle Itinerary

Start: Durham
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Smithfield
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sanford
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Robbinsville
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Durham
— 6 nights
End: Durham

1
night
Smithfield

Smithfield ©
Smithfield is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ava Gardner Museum, get some fabulous bargains at Carolina Premium Outlets, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Double Barley Brewing, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Deep River Brewing Company. On the next day, witness the site of a historic battle at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, then explore the activities along Lake Wilson, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at 217 Brew Works.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Smithfield visit planner .

Durham to Smithfield is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Sanford.

Things to do in Smithfield

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Wilson, Deep River Brewing Company, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
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Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park ©
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
Deep River Brewing Company ©
Deep River Brewing Company

4
nights
Sanford

Sanford ©
Sanford is a city in Lee County, North Carolina, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sanford: Pittsboro (SilkHope Winery, McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends, & more), Lillington (Raven Rock State Park & Hawk Manor Falconry) and Carolina Brewing Company (in Holly Springs). And it doesn't end there: tee off at Tobacco Road Golf Club, head outdoors with Drake's Landing, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fainting Goat Brewing Company, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sanford Antique Mall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sanford online journey planner .

Getting from Smithfield to Sanford by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Robbinsville.

Things to do in Sanford

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Pittsboro, Fuquay-Varina, Lillington, Carolina Brewing Company
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Tobacco Road Golf Club ©
Tobacco Road Golf Club
Starrlight Mead ©
Starrlight Mead
Carolina Brewing Company ©
Carolina Brewing Company

1
night
Robbinsville

Robbinsville ©
Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, experience rural life at Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, then explore the activities along Santeetlah Lake, then relax in the rural setting at Wehrloom Honey, and finally see the interesting displays at Junaluska Museum. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Stoney Hollow Farm.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Robbinsville road trip planning app .

You can drive from Sanford to Robbinsville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Robbinsville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Durham.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Parks Nature Museums
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Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center ©
Wehrloom Honey ©
Wehrloom Honey

6
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get some historical perspective at Duke University Chapel and Historic Oakwood. Venture out of the city with trips to Apex (Southern Peak Brewery & Cloer Family Vineyards), White Street Brewing Co. (in Wake Forest) and Raleigh (North Hills, Raleigh Brewing Company, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, get curious at Museum of Life + Science, sample the tasty concoctions at Bull City Ciderworks, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Chapel of the Cross.

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Traveling by car from Robbinsville to Durham takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Durham when traveling from Robbinsville in August, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Golf

Side Trips

Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Bombshell Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
Golden Belt Historic District ©
Golden Belt Historic District