15 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle & North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive to Cedar Island, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to Paris

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Raleigh — 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Historic Yates Mill County Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bennett Place Historic Site and Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Step out of Raleigh with an excursion to University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, steep yourself in history at Mordecai Historic Park, and walk around Shelley Lake Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh online trip maker.

Paris, France to Raleigh is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Raleigh, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get a bit warmer in Raleigh: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 19th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, then browse the exhibits of Grovewood Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm, contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

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You can drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Raleigh in April since evenings lows in Asheville dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 3 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Popular historic sites such as Poplar Grove Plantation and Fort Fisher State Historic Site are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New Hanover County Arboretum and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Bellamy Mansion, take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wilmington trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Wilmington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wilmington, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.
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Ocracoke — 1 night

Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll the grounds of British Cemetery, kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Ocracoke trip builder app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in April: highs in Ocracoke hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island visit website.

Traveling by ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 night

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Island Farm, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, and finally kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, and then kick back and relax at Carova Beach. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, then hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally stroll through Currituck Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Corolla attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel 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.
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