8 days in Raleigh, Columbia & Annapolis Itinerary

8 days in Raleigh, Columbia & Annapolis Itinerary

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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Columbia
— 4 nights
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Annapolis
— 2 nights
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Raleigh

— 1 night

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 26th (Mon): stroll around Pullen Park, admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Raleigh driving holiday planner.

Norfolk to Raleigh is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Columbia.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Columbia

— 4 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbia: Greenville (Liberty Bridge, Falls Park on the Reedy, &more) and Charleston (Nathaniel Russell House, Walking tours, &more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, make a trip to Worlds Largest Fire Hydrant, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Lion Landing, and examine the collection at South Carolina State Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Columbia sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Columbia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Annapolis.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Annapolis

— 2 nights
Capital of the United States for one year from 1783 to 1784, Annapolis has played a vital role in U.S. history.
On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Susan Campbell Park, then stop by Annapolis Historic District, and then expand your understanding of the military at U.S. Naval Academy. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Maryland State House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quiet Waters Park, and finally pick up some local products at Diehl's Produce Market.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Annapolis trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Columbia to Annapolis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Columbia in May, you will find days in Annapolis are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Annapolis

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trip