5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 1 night
Harkers Island
— 1 night
Carolina Beach
— 1 night
— 1 night


Corolla — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip planner.

Philadelphia to Corolla is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Corolla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Harkers Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Harkers Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks, engage your brain at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Harkers Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Harkers Island takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carolina Beach.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Childrens Museums

Carolina Beach — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carolina Beach itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Harkers Island to Carolina Beach takes 3 hours. In April in Carolina Beach, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Asheville.
Adventure · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

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You can fly from Carolina Beach to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carolina Beach in April, Asheville is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.