8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina journey planner

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 day
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Southport
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Southport
— 1 night
Fly
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Maggie Valley
— 2 nights
Fly

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Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, then trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Corolla trip maker tool.

Omaha to Corolla is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Omaha to Corolla, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Corolla: highs are around 76°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ocracoke

— 1 day
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 8th (Tue): stroll the grounds of British Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ocracoke trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ocracoke when traveling from Corolla in October, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Southport.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Southport

— 1 night
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Oak Island Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Silver Coast Winery, and then stroll through Holden Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, then enjoy the sea views from Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Southport trip maker app.

Getting from Ocracoke to Southport by combination of ferry and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In October in Southport, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Maggie Valley.

Things to do in Southport

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maggie Valley

— 2 nights
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. On the 11th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, and then trek along Max Patch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cataloochee Valley, look for gifts at Mast General Store, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maggie Valley trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Southport to Maggie Valley in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Southport in October, with highs in Maggie Valley at 70°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.