5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Atlanta

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Smith Island Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Oak Island Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum in Bald Head Island (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, examine the collection at Bellamy Mansion, and contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wilmington vacation builder app .

Atlanta to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Bald Head Island, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Smith Island Museum ©
Smith Island Museum

1
night
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 8th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Discover how to plan a Manteo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Wilmington to Manteo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Wilmington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Manteo, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla online tour planner .

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Corolla, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
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Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club

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