10 days in North Carolina, Atlanta & Orlando Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina, Atlanta & Orlando Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina, Atlanta & Orlando Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally get your game on at Life On A Sandbar.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nags Head travel planner.

New York City to Nags Head is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

2
nights
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Mia's Marketplace and then learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the water at your own pace with Topsail Boat Rental, stop by Topsail Island Trading Co, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Soundside Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Surf City itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Surf City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Nags Head in November, Surf City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Battleship North Carolina
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Soundside Park ©
Soundside Park
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Mia's Marketplace ©
Mia's Marketplace

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and then contemplate the long history of Centennial Olympic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden, stroll through Piedmont Park, and then listen to music at The Fox Theatre.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Atlanta vacation builder.

Getting from Surf City to Atlanta by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Historic Sites Nightlife
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Atlanta Botanical Garden ©
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Piedmont Park ©
Piedmont Park

3
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 23rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Sat) at Universal Orlando Resort. It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure and discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Orlando itinerary maker.

Fly from Atlanta to Orlando in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Orlando is somewhat warmer than Atlanta - with highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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