8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina itinerary planner

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Corolla
— 1 night
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Durham
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, then look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, then take a memorable drive along Beach Jeeps of Corolla, and finally hike along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Corolla road trip app.

Siler City to Corolla is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 1 night
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 5th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manteo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Corolla to Manteo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Town Cemetery, then deepen your understanding at University of North Carolina, then gain insight at Duke University, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Durham trip planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Durham in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manteo in April: highs in Durham hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 7th (Wed), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Thomas Wolfe Memorial, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Western North Carolina Nature Center, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durham to Asheville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Durham in April since evenings lows in Asheville dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon, then steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, then take a leisurely stroll along Kure Beach Pier, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Carolina Beach State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at New Hanover County Arboretum, admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, and then step aboard Battleship North Carolina.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Wilmington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wilmington, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.