8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Ocracoke
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Edenton
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, then enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Corolla trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Corolla is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Ottawa in July, things will get a bit warmer in Corolla: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Trinity United Methodist Church. Get some cultural insight at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, explore the galleries of Bellamy Mansion, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and take a leisurely stroll along Kure Beach Pier.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online trip builder .

Getting from Corolla to Wilmington by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island Beach, Holden Beach
Highlights from your plan
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ocracoke day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

1
night
Edenton

Edenton ©
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site, then enjoy the sea views from 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, and then steep yourself in history at Barker House.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Edenton trip planner.

Getting from Ocracoke to Edenton by car takes about 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Historic Edenton State Historic Site ©
Barker House ©
Barker House
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse ©
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse

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