5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 3 nights


Wilmington — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, then make a trip to Riverwalk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Historic District, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary builder website.

New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Wilmington is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Nags Head.
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Nags Head — 3 nights

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jockey's Ridge State Park and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Off-Road Tours (in Corolla). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and relax and rejuvenate at Village Yoga.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nags Head trip planner.

Getting from Wilmington to Nags Head by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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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.