9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina route planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 2 nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 1 night


Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
We've included these beaches for you: Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Attractions like Back Country Safari Tours and Whalehead Club make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take a memorable drive along Beach Jeeps of Corolla.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Corolla online sightseeing planner.

Boston to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Boston in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Corolla: highs are around 87°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manteo.
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Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Visit Bodie Island Lighthouse and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site for their historical value. Attractions like Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Manteo to go to Manns Harbor and see Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and steep yourself in history at Island Farm.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manteo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Surf City.
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Side Trips

Surf City, Topsail Island — 1 night

Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Topsail Island Trading Company, then take a leisurely stroll along Surf City Pier, and finally walk around Soundside Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Surf City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Surf City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 16th (Tue), learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, then stop by The Veggie Wagon, then examine the collection at Bellamy Mansion, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Wilmington road trip tool.

You can drive from Surf City to Wilmington in an hour. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Asheville.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips

Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Center of Asheville, then take in the exciting artwork at Grovewood Village, then stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, and finally view the masterpieces 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 a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in August; daily highs in Asheville reach 82°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough 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.