5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Durham
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Duck
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at The Carolina Basketball Museum, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then make a trip to American Tobacco Campus. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Duke Lemur Center, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and then look for all kinds of wild species at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Durham holiday builder app .

San Francisco to Durham is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Durham, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Durham are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Duck.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, The Carolina Basketball Museum
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke Lemur Center ©
Duke Lemur Center

2
nights
Duck

Duck ©
Duck is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then take a stroll through Scarborough Lane Shoppes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial, pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally stop by Duck's Cottage.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Duck trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Durham to Duck by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Durham in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Duck: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Duck

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Nags Head, The Monument to a Century of Flight, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and then steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wilmington tour planner .

You can drive from Duck to Wilmington in 5 hours. When traveling from Duck 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

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