9 days in Norfolk & Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle Itinerary

9 days in Norfolk & Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle Itinerary

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Norfolk — 4 nights

Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nauticus and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Chrysler Museum of Art and The Mariners' Museum & Park. Explore Norfolk's surroundings by going to St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield), The Noland Trail (in Newport News) and Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. (in Virginia Beach). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Public Hospital Museum, step aboard Battleship Wisconsin at Nauticus, take an in-depth tour of Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe, and admire the natural beauty at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Norfolk road trip planning tool.

Dallas to Norfolk is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in October, expect Norfolk to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durham.
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Durham — 4 nights

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at Duke University Chapel and North Carolina Museum of History. Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Raleigh (Gregg Museum of Art & Design & Pullen Park). There's much more to do: engage your brain at Museum of Life + Science, deepen your understanding at Duke University, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and let the kids burn off some steam at Durham Central Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durham journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Norfolk to Durham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durham when traveling from Norfolk in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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