6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 2 nights
— 3 nights



— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of the city life by going to Back Country Safari Tours and Currituck Banks Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carova Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

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San Antonio to Corolla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from San Antonio, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Corolla, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Bellamy Mansion. Take a break from the city and head to Holden Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Spas). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Camp and admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park.

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Drive from Corolla to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Wilmington are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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North Carolina travel guide

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.