10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durham
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step aboard Battleship North Carolina and then take a stroll through Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and finally stop by The Veggie Wagon.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Wilmington journey app.

Houston to Wilmington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Wilmington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 62°F in Wilmington. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 18th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Back Country Safari Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in May: highs in Nags Head hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Town Cemetery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Durham road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Durham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In May in Durham, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Durham to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asheville trip planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Charlotte in May, things will get a bit cooler in Asheville: highs are around 75°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Make your Bryson City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Casinos · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.