8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Asheville
— 1 night
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.
Get some historical perspective at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and Whalehead Club. You'll get in some beach time at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Des Moines to Corolla is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Des Moines in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Corolla, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 26th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Island Farm, then enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and then see majestic marine mammals with Paradise Dolphin Cruises. Keep things going the next day: get all the equipment you need at Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head, then kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

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Getting from Corolla to Manteo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 2 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 28th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Wilmington Railroad Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, and then wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington.

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Drive from Manteo to Wilmington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Manteo in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Asheville.
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Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 30th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, shop like a local with Grovewood Village, and then take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery.

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Getting from Wilmington to Asheville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in May; daily highs in Asheville reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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