5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Raleigh
— Few hours
Drive + ferry:  5​h 45​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Columbus

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Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Umstead State Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh online trip itinerary planner .

Columbus to Raleigh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Raleigh

Wildlife Nature Parks

1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. On the 10th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then view the masterpieces at Over the Moon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ocracoke visit app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Raleigh to Ocracoke takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Springers Point ©
Springers Point

1
night
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 12th (Sun), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

You can plan Manteo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Ocracoke to Manteo by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. May in Manteo sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Nags Head
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parasailing & Paragliding
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

1
night
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 13th (Mon), kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, see the interesting displays at Whalehead Club, and then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip planning site .

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club

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