8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Southport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Beaufort
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Southport

Southport ©
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 (Mon): look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Holden Beach and then stroll through Oak Island Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Southport road trip planning site .

Minneapolis to Southport is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Southport is 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, expect Southport to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Southport

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Island, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, Holden Beach, The Veggie Wagon
Highlights from your plan
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

3
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Fort Ocracoke Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beaufort: Ocracoke (Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, British Cemetery, & more) and Cape Lookout National Seashore (in Harkers Island). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Beaufort trip planner .

Traveling by car from Southport to Beaufort takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ocracoke, Harkers Island
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Carova Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then stop by Morris Farm Market.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Corolla vacation planner.

Getting from Beaufort to Corolla by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. September in Corolla sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carova Beach, Morris Farm Market
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club

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