10 days in Illinois & North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in Illinois & North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in Illinois & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Utica
— 1 day
+3
Taxi + Shuttle + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Linville
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
day
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): hike along Starved Rock State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Utica trip itinerary builder website .

Chicago to Utica is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Utica are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Utica

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, then take a peaceful walk through Panthertown Valley, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Run Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Cullasaja River Gorge, and then admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Highlands tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and car from Utica to Highlands takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. Traveling from Utica to Highlands, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Utica in November, you will find days in Highlands are a bit warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cashiers, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Silver Run Falls ©
Silver Run Falls
Cullasaja River Gorge ©
Cullasaja River Gorge

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asheville Guitar Bar. On the 4th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then relax to the sounds of jazz at Asheville Guitar Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville visit planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Linville.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

DuPont State Recreational Forest
Highlights from your plan
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks

1
night
Linville

Linville ©
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Linville Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bobby McLean Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Linville day trip planning site .

You can drive from Asheville to Linville in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in November: highs in Linville hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Linville

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Linville Gorge, Bobby McLean Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Linville Gorge ©
Linville Gorge

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Linville to Nags Head takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Linville in November; daily highs in Nags Head reach 61°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Corolla, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Outer Banks Old Time Photos
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

2
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Harbor House Seafood Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nags Head to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Harbor House Seafood Market ©
Harbor House Seafood Market
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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