8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 day
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Oak Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly

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Corolla

— 1 day
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Corolla online holiday planner.

New York City to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. When traveling from New York City in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corolla: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Pullen Park, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Corolla to Raleigh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oak Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites

Oak Island

— 1 night
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): look for gifts at Haag and Sons Seafood, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Island Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at Beachin' Day Spa.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Oak Island road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Wilmington to Oak Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Oak Island

Spas · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville road trip planner.

Getting from Oak Island to Asheville by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Asheville when traveling from Oak Island in March, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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.