5 days in Raleigh & Columbus Itinerary

5 days in Raleigh & Columbus Itinerary

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5 days in Raleigh & Columbus Itinerary

Start: Durham
Drive:  30​min
1
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Columbus
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Durham

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kids will enjoy North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Frankie's Fun Park. There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, appreciate the history behind Memorial Bell Tower, and admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Raleigh trip planning app .

Durham to Raleigh is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Raleigh

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Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum

2
nights
Columbus

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of German Village, then admire the sheer force of Hayden Falls Park, then get your game on at Columbus Axe Throwing, and finally shop like a local with Easton Town Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then engage your brain at Center of Science and Industry (COSI), and finally appreciate the history behind Christopher Columbus Statue.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Columbus trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Raleigh to Columbus takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Raleigh in July: high temperatures in Columbus hover around 83°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Columbus

Shopping Museums Parks
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Room Escape Games
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) ©
Hayden Falls Park ©
Hayden Falls Park

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